Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

Ways to Connect

RIPR FILE

The Providence City Council has been ensnared in controversy of late. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why the council is so ineffective.

RIPR FILE PHOTO

A grass-roots campaign has pushed Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson from office in an overwhelming, unprecedented recall victory on the capital city’s East Side, marking the first time any city political figure has been ousted from office through a recall effort.

Courtesy of Rhode Island College

Author and researcher Sonia Nieto will deliver the undergraduate commencement address at the Rhode Island College commencement on Saturday, May 13th at 9 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A path breaking Harvard University Law School professor and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams Law School on May 19th at 1 p.m. at the RWU Athletic Field on the Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road.

RIPR FILE PHOTO

The Providence to Newport Ferry is coming back with increased service this summer.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the state Department of Transportation announced today the return of the ferry service, which drew thousands last summer.

RIPR FILE PHOTO

Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—is acquiring Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State.

RIPR FILE PHOTO

Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and five others will receive honorary degrees at Brown University’s 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28th in Providence.

RIPR FILE PHOTO

Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—hopes to acquire Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

RIPR FILE PHOTO

In a letter to doctors, Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau has criticized the proposed merger of Boston-based Partner HealthCare and Lifespan’s chief Rhode Island competition, Care New England.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio led the pack at the 29th annual Metcalf Awards for journalistic excellence in reporting matters of diversity in ways that inspire, engage and empower. The awards are organized and presented by Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RIJC).

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Debate rages in Rhode Island over the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this is a good time for all involved to take a deep breath.

Larry D. Moore / CC BY-SA 3.0

Providence College alum Roy Peter Clark, known as “America’s Writing Coach” will deliver  the commencement address at PC’s 99th commencement, on Sunday, May 21st at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.

Clark, from the class of 1970, will receive an honorary doctorate of journalism. While at the college, he was managing editor of the student-run newspaper, the Cowl. After his graduation from PC, he earned a master of arts degree and  doctorate in English.

Chris "C.J." Chivers
Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikipedia)

Congrats to old friend C.J. `Chris’ Chivers of the New York Times, a former Providence Journal reporter, for winning a 2017 Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor.

Chivers, who lives in South Kingstown with his wife Suzanne Keating, also a fine journalist and former ProJo reporter, and their five children, won the coveted award for a December, 2016 profile of a 24-year old Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan with PTSD and his difficulties reentering U.S. society after he mustered out of the service.

Courtesy of Whitehouse office.

Rhode Island’s 2018 U.S. Senate featuring incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse just got more complicated. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the latest developments. 

Alex Van / Creative Commons License Via Pixabay

A former employee of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for stealing unemployment funds.

Ambulai R. Sheku, 37, of Providence, a onetime senior employment interviewer with DLT, had entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiring to commit mail fraud, theft of government funds and accessing a government computer to commit fraud.

Pages