McGowan has emerged as one of the best young reporters in Rhode Island, with a strong nose for news. He's expected to focus on covering Providence politics and crime, among other topics, starting in mid-January.
WPRI has steadily bolstered its Web presence, showcasing work from Ted Nesi and Tim White.
No word yet on McGowan's sucessor at GoLocal.
(My standard disclosure: I'm a longtime panelist on WPRI's Newsmakers.)