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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Lynn Arditi

On a rainy primary day, incumbent Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo secured her party's nomination for a second run for governor. Republican Allan Fung, of Cranston, did the same. And a significant number of progressive candidates won in Democratic primaries for General Assembly.


Rip currents and high surf are expected to hit Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts starting as early as Wednesday night, while Hurricane Florence churns toward the Carolinas.

"We’ll probably see some building seas offshore, as much as 8-10 feet once you get 20-plus miles offshore," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Doody.

And that will lead to some high surf at area beaches.

Surfers often grab their boards and head for the water when storms bring these types of conditions. But Doody advised avoiding the coastline.

Voters Head To The Polls On Rainy RI Primary Day

Sep 12, 2018
Elisabeth Harrison

In several races, progressive candidates sought to upend establishment-backed Democrats. Rhode Island's 2018 primary was unusual in that it happened on a Wednesday instead of the traditional Tuesday. State officials moved the voting day back to accommodate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. 

Editor's note: these are the candidate's responses to questions provided by RIPR. The views expressed are the candidate's alone, edited only in cases of inappropriate or libelous language. No changes have been made to correct errors of fact, spelling or grammar. 

Do you support trucking tolls for tractor trailers on Rhode Island highways?

Editor's note: these are the candidate's responses to questions provided by RIPR. The views expressed are the candidate's alone, edited only in cases of inappropriate or libelous language. No changes have been made to correct errors of fact, spelling or grammar. 

If elected, what will be the candidate’s top three priorities?

John Bender

Just before the end of the school day Wednesday, the second day of a new school year, police were called to the Providence Career and Technical Academy High School.

Shots had been heard fired. It was a little before 2 p.m. 

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Jim Vincent, Providence's NAACP president, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss how Trump's presidency impacts race relations and the outlook for electing more candidates of color.  

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Jim Vincent, NAACP president in Providence, joins Political Roundtable to discuss a conviction and another guilty plea for people close to President Trump, sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, Rhode Island officials addressing the breakdown of their deal with the PawSox and more. 

Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that Rhode Island will "double down" on Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley, despite last week's announcement that the PawSox minor league team is planning to leave the city.

Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

The City of Worcester and the PawSox have signed a letter of intent for the team to move from Pawtucket to a new stadium in Worcester, slated for completion in 2021.

Gage Skidmore

Major papers in Providence, Fall River, and New Bedford are among hundreds of outlets that published editorials this week criticizing President Donald Trump's repeated verbal attacks on the media. 

The editorials were part of a coordinated campaign organized by The Boston Globe, which accused President Trump of a  "sustained assault on the free press." Jack Spillane, editorial page editor for The New Bedford Standard-Times, said Trump’s use of the phrase “enemy of the people” to describe the press is what made him want to participate in the campaign.

Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The year’s first two human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health said the two patients became ill during the last week of July. Both are between 60 and 79 years of age, and both contracted the disease in state.

They are residents of Fairfield and Newington. One remained hospitalized as of late last week.

Health officials say 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms. But one in 150 people become seriously ill and require hospitalization.

Nurses and other union workers are expected to go on strike Monday at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s hospital.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia joins Bonus Q&A to discuss local voters tuning into national politics and what would convince more young people to turn out to vote.

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Jasiel Correia, Fall River Mayor,  joins Political Roundtable to discuss the impact of President Trump and Russia on local politics, when to expect recreational marijuana stores in Fall River, and more.