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
1:01 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Mattiello, DeSimone Set for NYC Meetings with Moody's & S&P

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Majority Leader John DeSimone plan to meet with representatives of two leading credit-rating agencies in New York City Wednesday to gather information about the possible consequences of not paying back bondholders in the failed video game company 38 Studios.

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Politics
10:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Judge Advises Both Sides In 38 Studios Lawsuit Against Release Of Facts Too Early

Lawmakers continue to debate whether or not to pay back the money owed from the failed video game company 38 Studios.
Credit RIPR FILE

The judge overseeing the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios warned lawyers Monday about what he called the dribbling out of information. The state is suing 14 defendants to try to cut taxpayers’ losses from the failed video-game company.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein gently advised lawyers on both sides of the case against the early release of facts that he calls better suited for discussion at trial. That came after Silverstein heard arguments about whether to release documents connected to the case. The judge did not make an immediate decision on that question.

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Political Roundtable
4:34 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Political Roundtable at Policy & Pinot

RIPR’s Political Roundtable team of political reporter Ian Donnis, political analyst Scott MacKay, and with URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, along with occasional Roundtable guest Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, analyze the local and national political scene. Recorded May 13, 2014.

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On Politics
5:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

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

Thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. You can follow me through the week on the twitters and your thoughts and feedback are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on the Debate Over Repaying 38 Studios' Bondholders

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable to discuss warnings to the state from credit-rating agencies over 38 Studios; the debating over repaying the company's debt; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Kilmartin on 38 Studios, Guns, Deepwater & More

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Bonus Q+A to talk about 38 Studios, Deepwater Wind, gun violence and gun control, and a host of other issues.

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On Politics
9:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Fiscal Advisers Say More Info Need to Decide 38 Studios' Repayment Question

URI's Leonard Lardaro speaks to House Oversight.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Outside fiscal advisers told the House Oversight Committee Thursday that lawmakers need more information to decide the merits of paying debt related to the failed video game company 38 Studios.

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Politics
9:34 am
Tue May 13, 2014

House Finance Committee Takes Up 38 Studios Repayment

The House Finance Committee will take up the issue of repaying 38 Studios bondholders.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The House Finance Committee is slated to meet this Tuesday with the author of a recent report calling on the state to pay back 38 Studios’ bondholders.  The appearance comes amid growing debate about whether to skip paying the bonds.

SJ Advisors of Minnesota is slated to deliver a presentation to the Finance Committee, and no public testimony will be taken. A report by SJ Advisors, made public last week. Found that even under a best-case scenario, Rhode Island would be better off paying its debt from 38 Studios.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

S&P Warns RI Of Slipping Credit If The State Balks On 38 Studios' Debt

Standard & Poor's Rating Services has put Rhode Island's credit on watch with negative implications due to ongoing debate about paying back bondholders who invested in the failed video game company 38 Studios.

In an advisory released Monday, S&P said it was lowering the rating on bonds issued by the Economic Development Corporation for 38 Studios in 2010 from A to BBB.

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On Politics
4:40 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

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

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week via the twitters. Let's head in.

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