Elisabeth Harrison

Morning Edition Host, Education Reporter

Elisabeth Harrison's journalism background includes everything from behind-the-scenes work with the CBS Evening News to freelance documentary production.

She joined the WRNI team in 2007 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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RI News
10:36 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Only One Game Away, Can The Red Sox Bring It Home?

Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay enjoying a Red Sox game.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in game six of the World Series.  The game could be decisive.  If the Sox win it, they will leave the field World Series Champions for the third time in just 10 years.  Across New England many fans are anxiously awaiting tonight's game, not least among them Rhode Island's Political team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay.  We asked Ian and Scott to take a moment to bring their sharp analysis from the field on Smith Hill to the grass at Fenway Park.

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The Education Blog
9:35 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Protesters Drown Out Kelly Lecture

Brown University had to cancel New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s lecture yesterday, after protesters refused to let him speak. More than 100 students and activists turned out for the talk, and began shouting at Kelly as he tried to speak.

Brown officials told the protesters to wait for a question and answer session at the end of Kelly's talk, but they refused to quiet down. After nearly 30 minutes, Brown officials say they made the decision to clear the lecture hall.

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The Education Blog
9:13 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Providence Considers Closing Troubled High School

Providence officials are considering closing down Alvarez High School and using the building for a new middle school, as they face an expected rise in middle school students.

The Providence Journal reports that Providence is facing overcrowding in city middle schools and expecting an unexplained spike in middle school enrollment in the coming years.

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Higher Education
8:58 am
Wed October 30, 2013

URI Adds Winter Term

University of Rhode Island Kingston Campus.
Credit Courtesy URI

The University of Rhode Island is introducing a new winter semester similar to the Rhode Island School of Design’s signature “Wintersession.” The condensed term, which university offcials are calling “J-Term,” will run from January 2nd to January 17th.

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The Education Blog
9:22 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Protest Expected At Kelly Lecture

Students and community groups plan to demonstrate outside the Brown University lecture hall where New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is slated to speak this afternoon.

Kelly has overseen New York’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing strategy. The demonstrators say they believe the policy amounts to racial profiling, and they are also angered by what they call Kelly’s “widespread surveillance” of the Muslim community.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Warwick Considers More School Closures

Citing dropping student enrollment, Warwick public school officials are recommending the closure of Veterans High School and two junior high schools, Gorton and Aldrich. If approved, the Providence Journal reports the plan would leave the district with two high schools and two middle schools.

Warwick Superintendent Richard D’Agostino says Warwick has seen student population fall from a peak of 19,500 in the late 1960s to just 9,300 students today. The numbers are expected to continue dropping by about 1 percent each year.

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The Education Blog
8:28 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Brown Will Keep Investments in Coal

The governing board of Brown University has decided against divesting from the coal industry, saying there are better ways to fight global warming.

Students had led an effort to get the Ivy League university to take its money out of coal, arguing Brown should set an example and stop investing in companies that contribute to greenhouse gasses emissions, which are a major contributor to climate change. 

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RI News
8:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

What To Expect When You're Expecting Another World Series Championship

The first game of the 2013 World Series will be played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Credit ESPN

The Boston Red Sox kick off their World Series battle against the St.Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

Here at Rhode Island Public Radio we have a couple of Red Sox fanatics who also cover politics; so we asked them to take off their political hats for a moment, and put on their baseball caps.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sits down with our political team Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, to talk about the exciting series.

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The Education Blog
11:59 am
Fri October 18, 2013

My Interview With Diane Ravitch

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

I had a chance to sit down with Diane Ravitch this week prior to her talk at the University of Rhode Island. She told me she thinks Rhode Island should give up the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) as a graduation requirement and halt plans to add test scores to teacher evaluations.

Ravitch also weighed in on charter schools, saying she believes they can play a helpful role in some circumstances. Here's the full interview.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Signs of Improvement at Central Falls High School

Three years after a state order to dramatically overhaul Central Falls High School, a new report finds evidence of progress. The Education Alliance at Brown University conducted the study, which finds school culture and parent involvement have improved significantly.

The graduation rate at Central Falls High is up from 48 percent in 2009 to 70 percent last year. Superintendent of Central Falls Schools Fran Gallo says it took an all-out effort from school staff to keep students from dropping out.

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