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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Newport Art Museum

What does the future hold for environmental advocacy under the Trump administration? What role can art play in starting conversations about the environment? Can we make progress on climate change, ocean plastics and other pressing environmental issues?

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A pilot study, led by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University, suggests a drug commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder may not help healthy college students who use it to help them study. 

Fireworks And Parades Abound Despite Independence Day Heat Wave

Jul 4, 2018
Susan Greenhalgh

Fireworks displays, parades and other Fourth of July celebrations are going forward in southern New England, in spite of a heat wave that's brought temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s, especially in inland areas.

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With Independence Day just around the corner, don’t miss out on a variety of events planned across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you’re a major foodie or a boat connoisseur, there’s something for everyone this year.

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Since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents and teachers across the country are wondering how to make schools safer. In Rhode Island, State Police Captain Derek Borek reviews school safety plans and works with school administrators to improve school security measures. 

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Drivers of color are more likely to be stopped during daylight hours, when police can more easily observe race and ethnicity, according to a review of Rhode Island's traffic stop data by Central Connecticut State University.

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Take a deep breath Rhode Island. It's been a crazy couple of days in state politics.


According to the Community College of Rhode Island, the first class of students attending the school tuition-free is thriving. 


A chemical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island has created a portable bomb detector. The device is about the size of a toolbox, with a handle on top, and weighs 15 pounds. 

Sam Kopper

After dire warnings about accumulating snow, dangerous driving conditions, wind and power outages, schools closed across Rhode Island (except for Pawtucket, the only district that got this one right) and state offices shut down.

Then we waited. And waited, and waited.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service said the snowstorm heading this way will bring the potential for more power outages because of tree limbs weakened by the last three storms in just a few short weeks.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island's Republican Party renewed questions Monday about a fundraising agreement between Gina Raimondo and the Providence City Democratic Committee, requesting an advisory opinion from the state Board of Elections.

The GOP described the agreement as a way to get around legal limits to individual campaign donations.

National Weather Service

With at least a foot of snow expected by Tuesday afternoon, emergency management officials said residents should resist the urge to hop in their cars for the usual morning commute.

Judiciary committees in the Rhode Island General Assembly are slated to start hearing testimony on Tuesday on a series of gun-related proposals.

Elisabeth Harrison

A poll of 425 registered voters, commissioned by the construction trades group BuildRI, found that just over 70 percent of respondents think it's important to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island. But when asked whether taxpayer money should be used to build the team's proposed new ballpark, a little more than half, or 53.4 percent, expressed reservations.