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.

Ways to Connect

Independent candidate for Rhode Island governor Joe Trillo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his message to voters, the debate over public subsidies for a new PawSox stadium, and much more.

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Democrat Sandra Cano scored a decisive win over Republican Nathan Luciano Tuesday in a special election for an open Rhode Island Senate seat in Pawtucket.

Are you considering running for political office in Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts? Or are you curious about the connection between politics and media? Join us for our non-partisan panel discussion, "Ask A Reporter."

Monday, April 16th
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Rhode Island Foundation, 1 Union Station, Providence RI

Moderator: Ian Donnis, political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio

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A group of elected officials and leaders of community groups gathered Monday at Central Falls to oppose plans for including a citizenship question in the U.S. Census in 2020.

Baseball is back, there are rumors of warmer temperatures, and the political beat continues to run hot. 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.

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RI Lt. Gov. Dan McKee joins Political Roundtable to discuss his primary fight with state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, National Grid's performance during stormy weather, and tuition hikes at two state institutions of higher learning.

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Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including speed cameras, charter schools, the PawSox, campaign fundraising, and much more.

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Planning officials, neighborhood groups and developers are gathering Thursday at the Rhode Island Convention Center for Grow Smart Rhode Island’s Power of Place Summit. The annual summit is meant to showcase ideas for developing stronger, more vibrant communities. Grow Smart RI’s executive director, Scott Wolf, said one of the new obstacles to smarter development is what he calls “renewable energy sprawl.”

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Rhode Islanders have a financial stake in a current test of the U.S. Census, according to Common Cause of RI executive director John Marion.

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Andrew Augustus is joining Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's GOP gubernatorial campaign as press secretary.

Augustus previously worked as a reporter for WPRO AM and as a press associate for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Augustus recently returned to Rhode Island after briefly residing in Nevada.

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ATTLEBORO -- Considering his famous last name, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III has kept a relatively low profile.

What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, 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.

Latino Public Radio will end its programming at 1290 AM after March 31, becoming an internet-based station, due to budgetary issues at LPR, according to the management of Rhode Island Public Radio.

RIPR, which had a programming agreement with LPR, announced this development in a statement from the public-relations firm Duffy & Shanley. According to the statement, LPR terminated its programming agreement with RIPR.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Robert "Bobby" Nardolillo (R-Coventry) joins Political Roundtable to discuss his U.S. Senate run, how he plans to beat Robert Flanders in the primary, and the controversy over diverting 911 fees.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Robert Nardolillo (R-Coventry), one of two Republicans running for the chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in November, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his campaign and related issues.

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