Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets at @IanDon, hosts RIPR’s weekly Political Roundtable, and contributes to the station’s On Politics blog.

He was for many years a regular panelist on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations.

Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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Rhode Island State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office say they are reviewing claims of sexual harassment by state Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown).

"Yesterday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin contacted Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, regarding allegations of sexual harassment at the Rhode Island State House made by Representative Teresa Tanzi," the two agencies said in a statement Wednesday.

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A female lawmaker's description of sexual harassment by a more powerful colleague has sparked a change: starting in January, Rhode Island lawmakers and General Assembly staffers will be expected to take part in sexual harassment training.

In a statement Tuesday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he will be contacting a human resources professional "to provide [sexual harassment] training to House members and staff at the beginning of the next legislative session."

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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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Pawtucket’s nine-member City Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support or reject the stadium plan. The vote is non-binding, but even a symbolic rejection of the stadium by hometown councilors in Pawtucket could be a serious obstacle.

Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.


Mayor of Pawtucket, Democrat Donald Grebien, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss spurring economic development with a new transit hub in Pawtucket, the city’s efforts to mitigate gun violence, as well as the recent loss of the Gamm Theatre to Warwick. 

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We devote this week’s Political Roundtable to the Pawsox issue.  

The fall campaign announcement season is here, bringing us closer to a new year bursting with political storylines. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the merits of paid sick leave, and his expected run for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Ian Donnis / Regunberg and other lawmakers during the unveiling of the "Fair Shot" agenda.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence), a leader of the progressive caucus in the Rhode Island House, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss priorities for 2018, whether a referendum should be held on the PawSox, how to generate more state revenue, and other issues.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo made critical remarks about the local media during an appearance Tuesday at Brown University, calling The Providence Journal a diminished way of reaching news consumers and labeling broadcast news, including a regular segment she does with WJAR-TV (Channel 10), "almost like talk radio."

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello announced Tuesday the selection of Danica Iacoi, general counsel for the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety since 2011, as his new chief legal counsel.

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Former U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Tuesday his Democrat campaign to become Rhode Island's next attorney general, vowing to focus in part on prosecuting corruption and standing up to the Trump administration on certain issues.


The Senate Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in Swan Hall auditorium at the University of Rhode Island.