John Bender

Reporter

John started at RIPR in 2013 as the Morning Edition producer; researching stories, interviewing newsmakers, and writing scripts for stories every morning.  Plus special projects and regular reporting on major events.  In early 2017 he was promoted to "general assignment" reporter.  Whatever's happening in the news today?  That's what John is covering. 

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The annual Dominican Festival and Parade took place Sunday in Providence. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event.

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Doyle was convicted of stealing more than $1 million from a youth sports nonprofit he founded, the Institute for International Sport.

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Doyle was convicted in December of last year of embezzling more than half a million dollars from the nonprofit organization, the Institute for International Sport.

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Thousands of people gathered at Roger Williams Park on Friday for a night of live music with the RI Philharmonic pops orchestra. 

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The role of race in college admissions has returned to the spotlight, after the U.S. Justice Department said it will take another look at Harvard University’s admissions policy. Any challenge to affirmative action could have little effect on some local colleges and universities.

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Every summer, many American audiences are reintroduced to a classic, the "1812 Overture." The only problem is, this piece by Peter Tchaikovsky isn’t American at all.

In fact, it has nothing to with the USA. 

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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed several bills Monday aimed at the ongoing fight against drug overdose deaths. More than 300 people died of drug overdose in Rhode Island in 2016, an increase from the previous year.

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A new piece of classical music gets its American premiere Friday at the Rhode Island Philharmonic pops concert in Roger Williams Park. Composer Paul Desenne wrote the piece as a new take on a traditional Viennese polka.


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The head of the Rhode Island Training School has stepped down in the wake of recent violence. 

Courtesy Trinity Rep

We brought you the news last week that Barbara Orson, one of the founders of Trinity Rep in Providence, passed away. Orson’s legacy extends beyond the characters she played onstage.

The annual event begins Friday in the City by the Sea. The three-day festival is one of the marquee events of Newport’s lucrative tourist season.

The President of Women and Infants Hospital in Providence is leaving. Hospital head Mark Marcantano will step down Friday.

Women and Infants' parent organization, Care New England, made an announcement to staff via memo Thursday. Marcantano has been president of the hospital since 2014. He served as acting head before that.

Courtesy of Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senior U.S. Sen., Jack Reed, is defending his sharp comments about President Donald Trump and a Republican congressman. Reed spoke candidly with Senate colleague Susan Collins during an unintentionally recorded conversation. 

Courtesy Beekman Violin

Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. Just off the town green in Peace Dale, across the street from the public library, you’ll find Beekman Violin.

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Behind every great pianist, is a page-turner. And at the Newport Music Festival – which turns 50 next year – that page-turner is Elmer Booze.

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