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
4:39 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

38 Studios Update: Auction, Depositions + More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Intellectual property rights for 38 Studios, the failed video game that left Rhode Island taxpayers on the hook for $90 million, were slated to hit the auction block Wednesday. Nick Jimenez, executive vice president with Heritage Global Auctions, says via email there will be "more to report after the sales process is completed in the coming days." In the interim, an update on related developments:

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On Politics
4:07 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Special Permit Needed Before RWU Can Use ProJo Building

Roger Williams University is pursuing negotiations to use part of the Providence Journal building at 75 Fountain Street. Since the building is not part of a City of Providence's institutional zone, a special use permit is needed before part of the structure could be re-purposed for university use, according to David Ortiz, spokesman for Mayor Angel Taveras.

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RI News
4:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Exeter Recall Highlights Opposition to Changing RI Gun Laws

Exeter Town Council president Arlene Hicks is one of four town councilors facing recall.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Voters in Exeter will go to the polls this Saturday to decide whether to keep or kick out four of the five members on the town council. The recall election was sparked by a request from four councilors who voted to ask the General Assembly to change how gun permits are issued in Exeter. Although the legislature never took up the request, advocates for gun rights responded by organizing the recall. The fight in Exeter shows how attempts to change local gun laws face sharp opposition.

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On Politics
12:03 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

GOP Fundraiser Tony Bucci Joins Block Campaign; Fung Returns Fire

Longtime GOP fundraiser Tony Bucci has joined Ken Block's Republican gubernatorial campaign as a senior adviser and finance chairman.

Block's campaign says Bucci resigned a slot on rival Republican Allan Fung's campaign committee to make the change.

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On Politics
4:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

It's Friday, do you know where your column is? Right here. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free as always to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and follow me on the twitters.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Political Roundtable: Fung on Running for Governor, the ProJo, and the Minimum Wage

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his GOP run for governor; the outlook for the Providence Journal; and whether raising the minimum wage would be good for people and the economy.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Fung on Jobs, Tolls, Education, 38 Studios + More

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about jobs; Sakonnet tolls, education, campaign finance, education, 38 Studios and much more.

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fung Backs Independent Commission to Investigate 38 Studios

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, is putting himself squarely behind state Senator Dawson Hodgson's latest call for an independent commission to investigate the state's losing investment in failed video-fame maker 38 Studios.

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On Politics
9:29 am
Wed December 4, 2013

A.H. Belo Hires Arkansas Firm to Explore Sale of the Providence Journal

Credit Emma Ruddock / RIPR

A.H. Belo, the Dallas-based owner of the Providence Journal, has hired an Arkansas-based firm to help explore a possible sale of the ProJo, newspaper employees were told during a meeting with publisher Howard Sutton Wednesday morning.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Pratt Leaving Raimondo's Office to Head Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County

Credit Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County

Joseph P. Pratt, who served as state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's chief of staff until being supplanted by Andrew Roos earlier this year, is taking a job as executive director and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. He's due to start January 6.

Pratt's current title in Raimondo's office is deputy treasurer/chief of administration.

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