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
4:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony in 38 Studios’ bankruptcy; pledges review of EDC oversight

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony offered yesterday during a meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, on the bankruptcy of Curt Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Twin River has spent almost 600K on casino campaign since March

Twin River has spent $578,741 since the start of March to encourage voters to support the expansion of gambling in Rhode Island during a statewide vote this November, state campaign finance records show. The comparable figure for Newport Grand is more modest: $21,400.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

ProJo’s Salit named journalism co-director of URI’s Metcalf Institute

Providence Journal reporter Richard Salit will take over the role formerly played by his esteemed colleague, the late Peter Lord, at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting.

Sunshine Menezes, the Metcalf’ Institute’s executive director, says this in a news release:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Cicilline camp says it raised more than 300K for Q2

Congressman David Cicilline’s campaign says it raised more than $300,000 during the second quarter, leaving it with a war chest of more than $825,000 as the First District race starts to heat up in earnest.

Republican Brendan Doherty’s team said last week it expected a haul of about $200,000 during Q2. The campaign’s cash on hand was put at more than $660,000.

On Politics
5:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Schillings use Facebook to fire back, unload on Rhode Island officials

Despite repeated and sustained requests for interviews from a bevy of Rhode Island news organizations, Curt Schilling and his wife Shonda continue to utilize Facebook to fire back at reports emanating from the Ocean State.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

In sizzling missive, Narragansett chief calls RI “blatantly discriminatory” toward the tribe

In a scathing news release, Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas outlines a litany of grievances involving Rhode Island’s likely expansion of state-sponsored gambling and calls for a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed “to address this disgraceful situation.”

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of Bob Burke’s defamation case against ProJo

In a victory for the Rhode Island media, the state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a defamation case filed by Providence restaurateur Robert I. “Bob” Burke against the Providence Journal, ProJo Statehouse chief Katherine Gregg, WPRO talk-show host Dan Yorke and Citadel Broadcasting, the former owner of WPRO.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Kilmartin, O’Donnell comment on Whiting conviction

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a former Pawtucket police officer, and state police Colonel Steven O’Donnell are offering this reaction to the conviction today of North Providence Police Chief John Whiting:

Kilmartin:

“This office takes seriously its responsibility of bringing all those who break the law to justice.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Cicilline, Doherty ramp up the battle of the surrogates

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is set to headline a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty this evening at the Metacomet Country Club in East Providence.

On Politics
4:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Rhoda Perry bowing out of the RI Senate after 22 years

State Senator Rhoda Perry,  a liberal stalwart from Providence, has decided against seeking re-election after more than two decades in the chamber.

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