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.

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On Politics
3:41 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Elorza Touts Neighborhood Plan; Cianci Talks Up Waterfront Development

Cianci discusses his vision for the Providence waterfront.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The two front runners in the race for mayor of Providence swept out to different corners of the city Tuesday in their quest for votes.

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On Politics
4:44 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

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Political Roundtable
2:41 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Competing Against "The Buddy Show" & Much More

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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On Politics
1:20 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Cianci and Elorza Spar on Public Safety Plans

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza each claimed on Friday that they'd do a better job in reducing crime and improving public safety in Providence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Political Roundtable: Elorza's Campaign, Crime in Providence, & Democrats' Ad Money

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign for City Hall; concerns about public safety in Providence; Republican criticism of state Democratic Party spending on an ad featuring Gina Raimondo; and the flap over Raimondo's support of reproductive rights.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza on Competing Against "The Buddy Show" & Much More

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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Politics
9:40 am
Thu October 2, 2014

GOP Files Complaint Over Raimondo Television Ad

The Rhode Island Republican Party has taken its complaint over a campaign commercial for gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo to the state Board of Elections.  Democrats insist they’re not doing anything wrong.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is seeking a second term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ‘14, Kilmartin sat down to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

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On Politics
1:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Heenan Moving from Harvard to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Former Rhode Islander Christine Heenan is set to leave her post as Harvard University's vice president in February to become senior communications adviser with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Heenan started at Harvard in 2008, after establishing and helping run the Clarendon Group communications and government relations firm in Providence. She also worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign in Rhode Island, and as director of community and government relations at Brown University, and as a senior policy analyst on President Clinton's domestic policy staff.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:44 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Candidates For Providence Mayor Trade Barbs In First Televised Debate

Providence mayoral candidates independent Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday.  Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.

Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.

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