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
8:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Marcelo Leaving ProJo for Boston AP Job

Phil Marcelo, part of the Providence Journal's three-person Statehouse bureau, plans to leave the newspaper after seven years to take a reporting job with the Boston office of The Associated Press, Marcelo tells me. His start date is March 31.

In part, the change reflects how the AP has emerged as a stable source of reporting jobs amid continued uncertainty in the newspaper industry. Marcelo's Statehouse predecessor, Steve Peoples, who left the ProJo for a job with Roll Call in 2010, has fared well since joining the AP.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

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

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's head in.

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On Politics
2:59 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

James Diossa and Grace Diaz Endorse Caprio for Treasurer

Frank Caprio has won the endorsement of two key Latino elected officials -- Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and state Representative Grace Diaz (D-Providence) -- as he tries to win a three-way Democratic primary fight with Ernest Almonte and Seth Magaziner.

While Magaziner has attracted help from Bill Clinton, and state Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Providence) endorsed Almonte this week, Caprio has also attracted support from the mayors of Johnston and North Providence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Fung on Taxes, Debates, Paying for his Proposals & More

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Republican gubernatorial campaign and a host of other issues, including how many debates he plans to have with GOP rival Ken Block.

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On Politics
3:32 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fung Wants to Consider Privatizing RIPTA & RI Resource Recovery

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.

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Providence
9:12 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Financing Plan To Revitalize Superman Building May Soon Be Announced

Financing plan to breathe new life into the empty Superman building in downtown Providence my soon be revealed.
Credit RIPR FILE

Supporters of turning the vacant Superman Building into apartment units say they may unveil a new financing plan as soon as next week.  The General Assembly has been wary of offering a public subsidy to reuse the Superman Building in the aftermath of the collapse of video-game company 38 Studios. Supporters of the project say filling the Superman Building with tenants and other new uses would boost the economy in Providence.

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Politics
11:32 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Gov. Chafee Joins Obama In Connecticut Promoting Min Wage Increase

Gov. Chafee joins President Barack Obama in Connecticut to promote an increase in the federal minimum wage.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee is among the New England governors who plan to join President Obama in Connecticut Wednesday to call for raising the minimum wage.  Democrats are emphasizing the minimum wage as part of their election-year strategy.

Chafee will join the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont for a mid-day event at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The governor said he plans to emphasize how boosting the minimum wage is a way the government can help the middle class.

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On Politics
8:29 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Myrth York Endorses Raimondo for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Myrth York, who made three unsuccessful Democratic attempts to become governor, threw her support to Gina Raimondo Wednesday morning as Raimondo tries to become Rhode Island's first woman chief executive.

York outlined her backing during an event at the Rue de L'Espoir restaurant on Hope Street in Providence, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and about two-doxzen predominantly female supporters.

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On Politics
5:41 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NE Chapters of NAACP Back Legalization of Marijuana in RI

The New England Area Conference of the NAACP, comprising chapters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, is supporting legislation to legalize marijuana here and regulate it like alcohol.

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