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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On Politics
5:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Gift-getting, holiday cheer, staffing up and then -- boom! -- a New Year will be here, full of exciting stories yet to happen. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me tips/comments at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Political Roundtable: Miller on Curbing Medicaid Costs, Legalizing Marijuana & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's selection of Elizabeth Roberts to be the state's next secretary of Health and Human Services; the outlook for legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island; Raimondo's reversal in keeping the media out of an economic summit; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Miller On Trying to Reduce Healthcare Costs & More

State Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston), chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about efforts to reduce healthcare costs, the outlook for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's relationship with the General Assembly, and other issues.

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Local Features
7:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Almost 15 Years After Cornel Young Jr.'s Death, How Much Has Changed in Rhode Island?

Mount Hope Neighborhood Association director Ray Watson says communication with police has improved, but concerns remain about racial profiling.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, have sparked a national focus on police-community relations. At issue is a number of cases in which unarmed black men have been killed during encounters with white police officers. Rhode Island hasn’t seen this much concern about police-community relations since a black police officer was killed in a friendly-fire incident almost 15 years ago. So how much things have changed?

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

WPRI-TV Reporter Sean Daly Retiring After 30+ Years On The Air

Sean Daly, a fine newsman and one of the most recognizable TV reporters in the Providence market, is retiring after more than 30 years in the business. His last day on the job will be December 31.

The news was announced Wednesday afternoon by Daly's employer, WPRI-TV (Channel 12), which said he "is believed to be the longest-serving TV street reporter in the Ocean State."

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On Politics
9:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Seth Magaziner Staffing Up With Jeff Padwa & Andrew Roos

Treasurer-elect Seth Magaziner is hiring Providence City Solicitor Jeff Padwa as deputy treasurer/legal counsel while retaining Andrew Roos as chief of staff.

Magaziner said Padwa brings "a wealth of experience" from his tenure as city solicitor during Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' administration since 2011, including overseeing a staff of more than 30 workers.

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On Politics
3:12 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Statehouse Reporter Edgar To Become ProJo's Deputy Editorial Pages Editor

Randal Edgar, one of the three Statehouse reporters for the Providence Journal, is leaving Smith Hill to become the ProJo's deputy editorial pages editor, RIPR has learned.

Edgar will serve as the deputy to editorial pages editor Edward Achorn in his new role.

Edgar, a 12-year ProJo veteran, declined comment when contacted at the Journal's Statehouse bureau.

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On Politics
1:59 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Raimondo Names Roberts as Her Pick to Lead Health and Human Services

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo on Sunday said she's nominating Elizabeth Roberts to lead the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services with the expectation that Roberts will make EOHHS a national leader in controlling growing Medicaid costs.

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On Politics
5:33 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

TGIF: 16 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The incoming administrations are assembling their staffs (read on), as time ticks down for the Class of 2010. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and tips via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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RI News
8:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Dozens Rally In Support Of Providence Firefighter Facing Disciplinary Action

About 100 demonstrators gathered outside the Providence Public Safety Complex Thursday night.  The protest grew out a demonstration that briefly shut down I-95 last week.

The demonstrators gathered in support of a Providence firefighter facing discipline for raising his fist during last week’s protest over a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. One protestor, Dewayne Boohackney, said people concerned about racial inequities need to keep pressing for change.

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