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
11:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Twin River Buying Newport Grand; Vows No Ballot Question for Table Games in 2016

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The operator of Twin River is buying Newport Grand while vowing not to seek the addition of table games at Newport "without broad-based community support."

"For the time being, I think it's safe to say it's pretty much business as usual from a Newport Grand perspective, but with the added benefit of having Twin River as a sister property," John E. Taylor Jr., board chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, the parent of Twin River and Twin River Management Group, said in a telephone interview.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Gordon Fox: Financial Problems at the Apex of Political Power in RI

Fox in January 2014, two months before a state-federal raid.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Former House speaker Gordon Fox faces at least three years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to three charges of corruption. The details in the case became public almost one year after a state-federal raid triggered Fox’s departure as House speaker.

 Fox’s lawyer, William Murphy, stood next to his client on the grey stone steps of the federal courthouse in what’s become a Rhode Island political ritual – a perp walk for another politician facing corruption charges. Murphy points out his client chose to plead guilty.

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On Politics
11:33 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Former Speaker Gordon Fox Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Wire Fraud & Filing a False Tax Return

Fox, right, with his lawyer and predecessor as speaker, William Murphy.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Almost one year after a state-federal raid that sparked the sudden end of his political career, former House Speaker Gordon Fox is facing a three-year prison sentence as the result of an investigation charging him with bribery, wire fraud, and filing a false tax return.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Reed, Cicilline and Langevin to Attend Controversial Speech by Netanyahu; Whitehouse Not Going

US Senator Jack Reed and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin are among the Democrats planning to attend a controversial address Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is passing on the address.

“I’m interested in what the prime minister is going to say,” Reed said in a statement released by his office. “I think it’s already been made an unnecessarily complicated political issue, but there is still this need to learn as much as we can about the situation.”

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On Politics
12:02 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Developer Chace Working To Buy Providence Journal Building

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Developer Arnold "Buff" Chace Jr. is working to acquire the Providence Journal Building at 75 Fountain Street, and he expects the ownership of the property to be resolved by the end of this month.

Working with "an outside investment company" that he declined to identify, Chace said he has the Journal property under a tentative purchase agreement. He said he's pursuing a review of the condition of the site, which includes two parking lots. Chace declined to discuss terms for a possible acquisition of the property.

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On Politics
5:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

TGIF Will Return March 6

My TGIF column is on vacation and will return next Friday, March 6. See you then!

On Politics
5:31 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly read. Lots going on, so we'll get right to it. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot org) and to follow me on the twitters.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Political Roundtable: Whitehouse On The GOP Senate, ISIS, Infrastructure & Raimondo

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether Democrats can be effective in the GOP-controlled Senate; the battle against ISIS; Governor Gina Raimondo's presentation on Rhode Island's economy; and more.

Hear more of our conversation with Senator Whitehouse in Bonus Q & A.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Whitehouse on DC Gridlock, Trade, Prison Reform & More

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joins Bonus Q+A to discuss partisan politics in Washington; how Rhode Island is being impacted by international trade; the outlook for criminal justice reform; and much more.

Hear more of our conversation with Senator Whitehouse on Political Roundtable.

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On Politics
5:32 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Pryor Unveils New Leadership Team at Commerce RI

Pryor (right) with Governor Raimondo during an economic planning event in Providence.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced Thursday the installation of a new leadership team at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the quasi-public entity formerly known as the Economic Development Corporation.

Pryor, recently confirmed as Rhode Island's first Commerce secretary, appointed commercial real estate veteran Darin Early as chief operating officer of Commerce RI. Early will be responsible for day to day operations and overall direction at the agency.

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