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
10:31 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Taveras And Raimondo Spar on Third-Party Spending

Taveras speaking during a news conference earlier this year.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras -- who faces a fundraising disadvantage in his expected Democratic gubernatorial primary battle next year with state Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- is calling on Raimondo to shun third-party spending by sources including super PACs and national and state party committees. Raimondo's campaign organization says Taveras' pitch "isn't a good faith offer."

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RI News
8:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

What To Expect When You're Expecting Another World Series Championship

The first game of the 2013 World Series will be played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Credit ESPN

The Boston Red Sox kick off their World Series battle against the St.Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

Here at Rhode Island Public Radio we have a couple of Red Sox fanatics who also cover politics; so we asked them to take off their political hats for a moment, and put on their baseball caps.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sits down with our political team Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, to talk about the exciting series.

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On Politics
10:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Seth Magaziner Formally Announces "Outsider" Campaign for Treasurer

Seth Magaziner has formally announced his campaign for State Treasurer.
Credit Trillium Asset Managment

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On Politics
11:19 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Tracy Breton on the ProJo and 40 Years of Covering RI Courts

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Tracy Breton, who covered courts and legal issues at the Providence Journal for 40 years, says an ongoing series of buyouts and layoffs on Fountain Street will make it increasingly difficult for the paper to offer investigative reporting and in-depth journalism.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Tracy Breton: Four Decades of Trying to Uncover The Real Story

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Tracy Breton worked her final day on the job at the Providence Journal last Friday after covering courts and trials for 40 years. Breton was part of the investigative team that won a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for the ProJo, and she covered the downfall of two Rhode Island Supreme Court chief justices, Joseph Bevilacqua and Thomas Fay. Breton sat down to talk about her four decades of covering the courts and her future plans.

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On Politics
2:49 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Clay Pell for Governor in 2014?

Clay Pell, a grandson of the late US Senator Claiborne Pell, is looking at a possible Democratic run for governor in 2014, according to local Democrats.

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Local Features
11:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

One Square Mile: American Cuisine and Seasonal Soup at Bristol's Persimmon

Persimmon chef and owner Champe Speidel.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just 37 seats, Persimmon isn’t one of the largest restaurants in Bristol, but it’s won accolades far and wide for its creative cuisine.

Persimmon is nestled on State Street in downtown Bristol.

We took a visit there as part of our One Square Mile series. The sound of an industrial blower can be heard in the background of Persimmon’s kitchen.

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On Politics
5:28 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Contrary to popular belief, TGIF was not MIA last week due to the presence of a Friday afternoon post-season Red Sox game. Regardless, we're back this week, and Rhode Island keeps on giving, so let's get going. (Gratuitous reminder: you can follow me on Twitter.)

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On Politics
1:25 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Unionization Vote Set for State-Subsidized Child Care Workers

The state Labor Relations Board has slated an election for later this month so state-subsidized child care workers can vote on whether they want to join a union. The law allowing the workers to unionize was passed this year by the General Assembly.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Political Roundtable: Cromwell on Judicial Selection; the New Brown Poll + More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Political consultant Cara Cromwell, who has worked for politicians as varied as Bruce Sundlun and John Loughlin, joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss Richard Licht's pursuit of a Superior Court judgeship; Frank Caprio's proposal to restore pension COLAs; Lisa Baldelli-Hunt big primary win in Woonsocket; and the new Brown University poll.

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