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.


8:52 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Hearing On Fairness Of State Pension Settlement Set To Begin Wednesday

RI Superior Court
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A multi-day hearing to assess the fairness of the state’s proposed pension settlement is scheduled to start Wednesday in Superior Court. Most of the public employees involved in the case have already approved the settlement.

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter last month set a timeline for moving ahead with the pension deal. About 65 people with concerns about the settlement have asked to speak in front of the judge.

The so-called fairness hearing is expected to last three to five days. The hearing will begin with expert testimony about each side of the pension case.

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On Politics
2:51 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Who Will Emerge as the Public Face of the PawSox?

Skeffington (center) and Lucchino testifying before the I-195 Redevelopment Commission in April.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

It remains unclear who will emerge as the public face of the PawSox after the death Sunday of the team’s president, Jim Skeffington. The PawSox’ proposed move to Providence is likely to be delayed, at least in the short term.

Skeffington’s death at age 73 from an apparent heart attack leaves a void for the PawSox. Holy Cross sports economist Victor Matheson said it’s hard to say which of the PawSox’ other owners will emerge to fill Skeffington’s role as a spokesman and cheerleader.

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RI News
9:17 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Following The Death Of President Jim Skeffington, PawSox Fate In The Air

An artist rendering of the proposed baseball stadium in downtown Providence.

Jim Skeffington, the president of the PawSox died unexpectedly on Sunday after collapsing while jogging near his home in Barrington.  As a Providence lawyer, Skeffington was an influential dealmaker in the capital city for years. He was also the public face for the PawSox proposed move to a ballpark on the Providence River. Rhode Island Public Radio's political reporter Ian Donnis joined morning host Chuck Hinman to discuss Skeffington's death and what it could mean.

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On Politics
8:48 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Jim Skeffington, PawSox President & Prominent Lawyer, Has Died

Skeffington speaking earlier this year about the PawSox' proposal.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

James Skeffington, the Providence lawyer and longtime Rhode Island deal-maker who served as the public face of the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox, died Sunday at age 73.

Skeffington was the top public spokesman and cheerleader for the group that bought the PawSox in February.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

State revenue is up, the Sox are down, and Friday is here. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week-long on the twitters. Here we go.

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