Rhode Island NPR Station Names New Morning Edition Host
“I am delighted that Elisabeth has accepted the position as host of Morning Edition,” noted Joe O’Connor, general manager of WRNI, who said that Harrison was chosen after a nationwide search. “Since coming to WRNI in 2007, Elisabeth has proven to be an accomplished journalist in her coverage of K-12 schools, higher education and state education policy for WRNI” “Elisabeth brings to the position the discipline and high journalistic standards that are in keeping with the quality of journalism as exemplified by NPR. Well known throughout the state as a signature voice on the station, WRNI listeners will be served well served each and every morning by Elisabeth’s dedication to excellence in her craft.”
A fresh voice
“Elisabeth brings a fresh voice and sharp journalistic eye to the morning. She’s bright, warm and highly intelligent. She’s exactly whom you want to wake you up every morning,” said Catherine Welch, news director of WRNI.
“I am thrilled to take on this new challenge at WRNI,” Elisabeth said. “The staff here includes some of the most talented journalists I have ever worked with, and it is a privilege to be part of such a vibrant newsroom.”
During her tenure as education reporter at WRNI, Harrison was recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best hard news reporting and an Associated Press award for best hard news feature.
A graduate of New York University and Wellesley College, Harrison resides in Providence with her husband Martin Smick and their flighty feline Max.