Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has repeatedly named him as one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. In addition to other tasks, Ian tweets frequently 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, and remains an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the Associated Press, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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On Politics
1:56 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Rocky Point nostalgia overflows at open space press event

Fond memories of the late, great Rocky Point Amusement Park ran strong when a bevy of local, state and federal officials converged this morning to announce plans for preserving the park’s remaining 82 acres.

Senator Jack Reed noted how Rocky Point, which closed in 1995, remains iconic in Rhode Island:

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

ProJo union trying to work with management to avert layoffs

The Providence Newspaper Guild sent a letter to Providence Journal management, suggesting the two sides work together to find savings that could preclude layoffs at the statwide daily.

According to a letter distributed today to members of the Guild, the largest union at the ProJo: 

The company said it was interested in the idea, but wouldn’t be able to respond with specifics until after the first week of October.

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

McCauley and business partner to plead guilty to fraud, filing false tax returns

Longtime state Representative John McCauley, who is not seeking re-election, and his business partner have agreed to plead guilty to charges, according to the US Attorney’s office:

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On Politics
5:21 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Watch the video — Carcieri talks 38 Studios on Channel 12

Former Governor Don Carcieri defends himself in his first interview since the meltdown of 38 Studios, taking responsibility for approving the deal, but questioning the followup after he left office.

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On Politics
3:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Wake up to Brendan Doherty in his own words on RIPR

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty joined us for a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (airing Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am) and

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On Politics
1:31 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Carcieri breaks silence on 38 Studios, in interview with WPRI’s Tim White

Former Governor Don Carcieri offers his first interview on the demise of 38 Studios, with Channel 12′s Tim White. Ted Nesi has more:

Carcieri sat down with WPRI 12′s Tim White on Thursday morning for an exclusive one-on-one interview – his first since last spring’s dramatic implosion of Curt Schilling’s video game company, which received a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island taxpayers on Carcieri’s watch.

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On Politics
12:34 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ted Widmer has two brand new gigs — one with Hillary Clinton

Kudos + congrats to friend of the blog Ted Widmer, who is taking on two new roles (via the BDH):

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On Politics
6:38 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Doherty raps Cicilline, seizes on the trust issue

 Brendan Doherty this morning used a lookout on the East Bay Bike Path in Riverside — with a nice view of downtown Providence — to argue that Congressman David Cicilline doesn’t deserve the trust of voters.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Doherty on the air with his first commercial: “Those guys [in DC] don’t know what tough is”

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty launched his air war today, using an introductory-style commercial to tout himself as a tough crime-fighter who can bring common sense to Washington.

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On Politics
2:50 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Clay Pell to wed former Olympic skater Kwan

As the Washington Post reports, Clay Pell, grandson of the late and esteemed former RI senator Claiborne Pell, is engaged to Olympic skating great Michelle Kwan:

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