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
4:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Robert Nardolillo

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Robert Nardolillo (R-Coventry), who, in his first run for public office, ousted former Representative Scott Guthrie (D-Coventry) last November.

Age: 35.

Occupation: Funeral home director in a fourth-generation family business, Nardolillo Funeral Home, established in 1906.

Party: Republican

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

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

Did anything happen this week not involving the New England Patriots and deflated footballs? Indeed. So read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by. As always feel free to share your tips/thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Lobbying Reform, Voter ID, State of the Union & More

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to talk about what needs to be done to improve lobbying oversight; whether she'll move to oppose Voter ID; her reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Disclosure, Mail Ballots, Voting & More

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q+A to talk about whether mail ballots are too easily obtained, what steps should be taken to increase disclosure by lobbyists, how to better encourage voting participation, and more.

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Social Workers, Lawmakers Debate Blame for DCYF's Deficits

Sue Pearlmutter, dean of the social work program at Rhode Island College, testifies in the House Education and Welfare Committee.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A bill to change the requirements to lead the state Department of Children, Youth and Families ran into opposition from social workers during a House Education and Welfare Committee meeting Wednesday evening. The two sides also disputed the reason for persistent budgetary overruns at DCYF

Six social workers argued that expertise in protecting children is vital for the next head of DCYF. A bill under consideration by the House Education and Welfare Committee would eliminate a requirement that the director have a master’s in social work (or a closely related field).

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Politics
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Two Raimondo Nominees Sail Through Senate Confirmation Hearings

Nominee for director of elderly affairs, Charles Fogarty, in his Senate confirmation hearing.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Separate Senate committees gave initial approval Tuesday to two of Governor Gina Raimondo’s nominees to lead state agencies. Both of the nominees held positions in the Chafee administration.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell won unanimous backing to remain the director of the state Department of Public Safety. 

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Aaron Regunberg

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With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence), who used his activist background to catapult into the seat previously held by former Speaker Gordon Fox.

Age: 24

Occupation: organizer with the Providence Student Union.

Party: Democrat

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Happy mid-January, dear readers. Bad news: winter is far from over. Good news: spring training isn't that far, and the political beat remains busy. So thanks for stopping by, freel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
11:16 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Raimondo Picks McDonald for Key Health and Human Services Role

Gov. Gina Raimondo's pick for high-profile role within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services is Jamia MacDonald, former head of the RI Emergency Management Agency.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo has picked Jamia McDonald, a respected state government veteran, for a high-profile role within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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Political Roundtable
9:58 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Aponte on Working with Elorza, Providence's Economy & More

Providence City Council President Luis Aponte joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his views on how to improve the city's economy, his working relationship with Mayor Jorge Elorza, his fines from the state Board of Elections, and other subjects.

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