For more than 40 years, Bob Kerr worked at the Providence Journal, where he was beloved by many readers for his columns about the people and the issues that animate Rhode Island. Recently, he’s been thinking back on his time at the ProJo.
Hilary Horton was my editor when I wrote the local column in the Providence Journal 20 years ago. We would get together in the late afternoon, looking for the better word, cleaning up the clutter, finding what the heck I was trying to say. The column was always the better for it.
Providence Journal alumni reporters scored big in this year’s Pulitzer prizes, which were announced today by Columbia University, which administers journalism’s top prizes. Helene Cooper of the New York Times who was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for international reporting and Zach Mider of Bloomberg News won for explanatory reporting. And Jen Levitz of the Wall Street Journal and Jonathan Saltzman of the Boston Globe were on teams that were Pulitzer finalists.
Once again it is time – if you haven’t already - to get your tickets to the Providence Newspaper’s Guild’s annual Follies show at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass. As always the show, a spoof of all things Rhode Island, but especially our state’s entertaining political culture, is slated for the last Friday evening in February, which this year falls on Feb. 27th.
Veteran Rhode Island political reporter Jim Baron was remembered this afternoon as a journalist of great integrity, ability, dedication and humor at a celebration of his life at the Bellows Funeral Chapel in Lincoln, R.I.
Baron, who died January 5 at age 57 after a protracted illness, was a reporter for the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call whose career spanned more than three decades, most of it spent covering Rhode Island politics and the General Assembly.
Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo is meeting with Rhode Island business leaders as she shapes her new administration. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay hopes the business hierarchy steps up to help her.
Raimondo is taking over a state government that is much better off than the one Gov. Lincoln Chafee inherited from Don Carcieri four years ago. Unemployment was 11.4 percent; now it’s at 7.4 percent. The state budget deficit is much lower and cities and towns are not hovering over bankruptcy. Even Central Falls is out of receivership.