Elisabeth Harrison

News Director

Elisabeth Harrison's journalism background includes everything from behind-the-scenes work with the CBS Evening News to freelance documentary production.

She joined the WRNI team in 2007 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.  She was promoted to full-time News Director in June of 2015.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

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Unemployment is down, cranes are rising over Providence, and there’s hope for a better future. That was the message from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who delivered her 4th State of the State address Tuesday evening in Providence.

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State police confirmed on Wednesday what they called an "active investigation" into state Senator Nicholas Kettle, a Republican who represents parts of Coventry, Foster, West Greenwich and Scituate, Rhode Island.

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A blanket of wet, heavy snow made for a beautiful, if messy, Wednesday morning commute. Trees were lined by white snowflakes, and some streets had a thin covering of snow by 8 a.m.

Several school districts, including Cranston, Warwick and Fall River, delayed the start of classes by one hour. In Providence no delays were announced.

Many communities instituted parking bans. You can find the full list here.

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Governor Gina Raimondo addressed Rhode Island lawmakers Tuesday evening with a "State of the State" speech. The address is an annual Statehouse tradition, which came as the legislature begins a new session and in the days before the governor is expected to release a budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July.

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An unidentified 17-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a shooting at the Providence Place Mall Monday afternoon.

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A student at Providence's Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex was assaulted on Wednesday morning, after another student allowed intruders to enter the building through a side door, the district said.

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"No heat in house, no running water," wrote an inspector after visiting the apartment building at 110 Bowdoin Street, in the Olneyville section of Providence. "Issuing intent to condemn, house was a mess."

The report, signed January 3, 2018, went on to describe occupants relying on space heaters and propane torches for warmth, during one of the coldest periods in recent memory. There was an open electrical panel in the basement, the inspector noted. Residents were complaining of constant problems and frozen pipes.

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Grocery stores were busy Wednesday as residents prepared for a snowstorm expected to begin in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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Science, technology and engineering labs, also known as maker spaces, are a growing trend in education. But not every school has one. Then Rhode Island’s Mobile Maker Lab rolls up.

Pulled by a pickup truck, the 28-foot trailer comes outfitted with projects and technology, such as routers and 3-D printers. 

The IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Newport helped develop the lab.  

"It needs to be flexible and nimble, just like the technology itself," Terry Nathan, IYRS president, told RIPR. "It’s all about being able to conceive a design and then build something."

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Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island fell 9 percent during the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016. Gov. Gina Raimondo called it a hopeful sign in the fight against opioid addiction and death. But she cautioned Rhode Island has a lot more work to do. Health Reporter Lynn Arditi and RIPR's Elisabeth Harrison break down the newly released data.

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Update 12/20: Providence's City Plan Commission delayed a vote expected Tuesday, setting the next hearing for January 16 .

There’s a dispute brewing between Brown University and historic preservationists over the plan for Brown’s new performing arts center.  

Brown hired a prominent New York firm to design its new performing arts center and has now settled on a site near the center of campus. But preservationists say there’s a problem: five Victorian-era buildings will have be moved or torn down, under the university's current plan.

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Where does a state find $500 million to fix a long backlog of school building repairs? General obligation bonds, that's where. At least that's the recommendation from Rhode Island's School Building Task Force.

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The Community College of Rhode Island has been in talks with India-based tech company Infosys for months about a training partnership. The talks were part of the negotiation that brought a new Infosys design hub to Providence.

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