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Newsmakers: WPRI 12 News
Tim White hosts in-depth interviews each week with top politicians and others in the news from Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Brought to you by WPRI 12, Fox Providence and myRITV.
4 days ago
6/11/2021: Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. The city’s plan to borrow more than $700 million by floating a bond to shore up its beleaguered pension system was met with a chilly reception by the state’s general treasurer, Elorza discusses why he thinks its a solution to the decades-long problem. Plus, he weighs in on a homeless encampment that is getting shut down by the city, the troubled Providence school system, a potential run for governor, and more.
Jun 4, 2021
6/4/2021: Attorney General Peter Neronha
Attorney General Peter Neronha gave the transfer of ownership for the company that runs Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital the green light. But in doing so, he shined a light on what he said was a focus on wealth, over the health of the hospital. Plus Neronha discusses his support for police body worn cameras and recent hate crime prosecutions.
May 28, 2021
05/28/2021: Providence Police's Paré & Clements
One year after the Providence riot that erupted in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Tim White sat down with the leaders of the Providence Police Department - Commissioner Steven Paré and Col. Hugh Clements - about that night and the lessons learned.
May 21, 2021
5/21/2021: Prov. School Board President Nick Hemond; Coronavirus reopening
This week on the first half of Newsmakers, with the Providence school department in turmoil, School Board President Nick Hemond discusses what he thinks should happen to Superintendent Harrison Peters, and the status of the state's take over of the beleaguered school system. Then Target 12 investigator Eli Sherman joins Tim White and Ted Nesi for an update on the coronavirus in Rhode Island as the mask mandate is lifted.
May 14, 2021
5/14/2021: General Treasurer Seth Magaziner
This week on Newsmakers: General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, a second-term Democrat, discusses the health of the state and Providence pension funds, whether he's running for governor and what's next for rebuilding Rhode Island's school facilities.
May 7, 2021
5/7/2021: Vice President Kamala Harris
A 12 News exclusive television interview with the vice president during her visit to Rhode Island; plus, Common Cause's John Marion on the census and redistricting.
Apr 23, 2021
4/23/2021: NAACP’s Jim Vincent; week in review
This week on Newsmakers: with the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the president of the Providence branch of the NAACP, Jim Vincent, discusses what the verdict meant for the country and where he thinks the police reform movement goes from here. He also calls for the repeal of a Rhode Island state law that governs how police officers are disciplined. On the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the week in local news, including the pending public corruption trial against former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia.
Apr 19, 2021
4/16/2021; Sen. Reed on Afghanistan; week in review
This week on Newsmakers: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed discusses President Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, and why he is still concerned about security in the region; then on the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the week in local news, including Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos’s first news conference.
Apr 9, 2021
4/9/2021: PPAC’s Lynn Singleton; week in review
This week on Newsmakers: Providence Performing Arts Center President and CEO J.L. “Lynn” Singleton talks about how the pandemic has affected PPAC, when he expects the curtain to rise again, and the future of Broadway; on the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi recap the week in local news.
Apr 2, 2021
4/2/2021: Commerce Sec’y. Pryor; week in review
This week on Newsmakers: R.I. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor discusses the state’s ongoing reopening efforts, the billions in federal stimulus dollars heading to Rhode Island, his relationship with Gov. Dan McKee and his own future. Then on the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi look back at the week in local news, including McKee’s choice of Sabina Matos as lieutenant governor, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in New Bedford, and a Target 12 investigation of North Providence Town Hall.
Mar 26, 2021
3/26/2021: RIPEC’s DiBiase on RI stimulus funds; week in review
Michael DiBiase, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council think tank, discusses what Rhode Island leaders and taxpayers should know about the billions of dollars set to flow to the state under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act; then on the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi recap the week in local news.
Mar 19, 2021
Newsmakers 3/19/2021: Gov. Dan McKee
Gov. Dan McKee. On his 17th day in office, Rhode Island’s new governor talks about the state of the vaccination rollout, his top policy priorities and what’s surprised him most about his new job. The Democrat also discusses the search for a new lieutenant governor, charter schools and marijuana legalization.
Mar 12, 2021
3/12/2021: Lifespan, CNE, Brown U. leaders on hospital merger
An exclusive interview about the proposal for a new Rhode Island hospital system with Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau, Care New England CEO Dr. James Fanale, Brown University President Christina Paxson and Brown University Medical School Dean Jack Elias.
Mar 5, 2021
3/5/2021: RI Hospitality industry
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Kristen Adamo, President and CEO of the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau and Dale Venturini, President and CEO of the RI Hospitality Association, discuss the impact of the pandemic on hotels, restaurants and tourism in the state and where things go from here. Then Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the week in news, including Gina Raimondo's first week as US Commerce Secretary, Gov. Dan McKee taking over at the State House, and Steph Machado's Pulse of Providence interview with Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune.
Feb 26, 2021
2/26/2021: Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott; Hospital merger
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: with the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island on Monday, 12 News anchor Kim Kalunian sat down with R.I. Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott to reflect on the turbulent year, what she's learned and what brought her to this moment. Then Tim White and Ted Nesi dissect the latest development in the hospital merger announcement between Lifespan and Care New England, along with a partnership from Brown University.
Feb 20, 2021
2/19/2021: Congressman David Cicilline
This week on Newsmakers: Congressman David Cicilline. The six-term Rhode Island Democrat talks about his role as a House impeachment manager in the Senate trial of former President Trump, and why his side fell short in the effort to win a two-thirds vote for conviction. Cicilline also discusses Rhode Island’s troubled vaccine rollout, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, the Equality Act, regulating social media, and his own political future.
Feb 12, 2021
2/12/2021: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on what voters need to know about the upcoming bond referendum election on March 2. The second-term Democrat also answers questions about her political future. On the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi break down Gov. Gina Raimondo's first interview since Dec. 22 when 12 News caught up with her outside the State House on Monday.
Feb 5, 2021
2/5/2021: RIDOT's Peter Alviti; week in review
This week on the first half of Newsmakers, Tim White and Ted Nesi breakdown a signature element of Gov. Gina Raimondo's tenure: RhodeWorks. Ted Nesi talks to RIDOT Director Peter Alviti about the program. Then a closer look at what was likely Gov. Raimondo's final State of the State speech and what is the timeline for her transition to Washington.
Jan 29, 2021
1/29/2020: Attorney General Peter Neronha
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha discusses the inquiry his office launched on the vaccine rollout, what aspects of the distribution he's examining and when he'll release results. Neronha also discusses his political future, police misconduct cases, and a recent campaign finance case that ended in an acquittal.
Jan 22, 2021
1/22/2020: Vaccine rollout in RI
Target 12 investigator Eli Sherman joins Tim White and Ted Nesi to discuss where things stand with the vaccine rollout in Rhode Island, including what public health officials say is the timeline for people to receive the inoculation. Then U.S. Senator Jack Reed on his front-row seat at the presidential inauguration and what he expects to come from the Senate in the coming weeks.
Jan 15, 2021
1/15/2021: Week in review; General Callahan
This week on Newsmakers: Tim White and Ted Nesi analyze the transition in the Rhode Island governor’s office and the impeachment of President Trump; R.I. National Guard Adjutant General Christopher Callahan discusses local security precautions after the Capitol riot.
Jan 8, 2021
1/8/2021: Biden picks Raimondo, interview with Sen. Jack Reed
Tim White and Ted Nesi break down a chaotic week, including pro-Trump protestors breaking into the U.S. Capitol, the Senate's change in political power, and Gov. Gina Raimondo being chosen by President-elect Biden to be the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Then Ted Nesi spoke with Senator Jack Reed via Zoom - hours before the chaos at the Capitol - on the prospect of him becoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Dec 31, 2020
12/31/2020: Lt. Gov. Dan McKee
This week on Newsmakers: Lt. Gov. Dan McKee discusses the possibility he could replace Gov. Gina Raimondo should she land a job in President-elect Biden's cabinet, and weighs in on the key issues facing Rhode Island in 2021. The second-term Democrat also talks about his potential run for governor in 2022.
Dec 19, 2020
12/18/20: Gov. Gina Raimondo
This week, Gov. Gina Raimondo reflects on a turbulent 2020.
Dec 12, 2020
12/11/2020: Congressman Joe Kennedy
This week on Newsmakers: Congressman Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., discusses his eight years representing the 4th Congressional District, his unsuccessful challenge against U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, and his future.
Dec 3, 2020
12/3/2020: Citizens Bank CEO; week in review
This week on Newsmakers: Citizens Financial Group Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun discusses the economic outlook for 2021 and how the bank is faring amid the pandemic; then on the second half, Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the biggest headlines in Rhode Island this week.
Nov 25, 2020
11/25/2020: RI Food Bank; Dr. Ashish Jha
This week on Newsmakers: Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff discusses how the pandemic has affected the most vulnerable; 12 News reporter Steph Machado gets the latest on coronavirus with Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health.
Nov 20, 2020
11/20/2020: The Latest on the Coronavirus
On the first half, Care New England President and CEO Dr. James Fanale on what he is seeing in his hospitals, then Dr. Otis Warren, the R.I. head of the American College of Emergency Physicians, on the lack of testing for frontline healthcare workers. Then Ted Nesi and Eli Sherman join Tim White for an in-depth look at COVID-19 data they have been tracking since the beginning of the pandemic.
Nov 13, 2020
11/13/2020: Reps. Shekarchi, Blazejewski
After R.I. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello lost reelection, the Democratic caucus threw their support behind Warwick State Rep. Joseph Shekarchi as their new leader, and State Rep. Christopher Blazejewski, D-Providence, as the new majority leader. Shekarchi and Blazejewski talk about their vision of the House and when the state will tackle the daunting state budget.
Nov 6, 2020
11/6/2020: 2020 Election Political Roundtable
After an intense week of vote counting in the national election, a political roundtable breaks down key elements from the race. Joining Tim White and Ted Nesi are Stephanie Murray of Politico Massachusetts and 12 News Political Analyst Joe Fleming. Then Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the results from the race where Barbara Ann Fenton Fung defeated House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.
Oct 31, 2020
10/30/2020: Mass. 4th Congressional District Debate
This week on Newsmakers: a debate for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District between Democrat Jake Auchincloss and Republican Julie Hall. The seat is opening up after incumbent Democrat Joe Kennedy moved on to run for U.S. Senate.
Oct 31, 2020
10/23/2020: RI House District 15 Debate
This week on Newsmakers: a debate between the two candidates running for R.I. House District 15 in Cranston, Democratic Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Republican challenger Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung. Mattiello has held the seat since 2006 and been speaker since 2014; Fenton-Fung is a first-time candidate and the first lady of Cranston.
Oct 31, 2020
10/16/2020: Cranston Mayor Debate
This week on Newsmakers: a debate between the two candidates running for Cranston mayor, Democrat Maria Bucci and Republican Ken Hopkins. (Incumbent Allan Fung is leaving office after 12 years due to term limits.)
Oct 9, 2020
10/9/2020: Warwick Mayor Debate
his week on Newsmakers: a debate between the two candidates running for Warwick mayor, incumbent Democrat Joseph Solomon and independent challenger Frank Picozzi. Solomon has been mayor since 2018 and was formerly president of the Warwick City Council; Picozzi was previously chairman of the Warwick School Committee.
Oct 4, 2020
10/2/2020: A political roundtable; Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
On the first half of Newsmakers, a political roundtable breaks down a raucous debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden. Tim White is joined by 12 News Politics Editor Ted Nesi, Stephanie Murray, author of Politico Massachusetts, and 12 News political analyst Joe Fleming. Then Anita Baffoni sits down with Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on executing an election during a pandemic.
Sep 25, 2020
9/25/2020: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
This week on Newsmakers: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who is now a senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, discusses the looming Supreme Court confirmation fight to replace the late Justice Ginsburg. Then Tim White and Ted Nesi discuss the week in politics, including an upcoming trial that could include some key General Assembly figures.
Sep 20, 2020
9/18/2020: Mack, Mendes; Leader Filippi
This week on the first half of Newsmakers, Democratic state senate candidates Tiara Mack and Cynthia Mendes on their progressive policy goals, and why they want to see a leadership change in the general assembly. Then House Minority Leader Blake Filippi on the GOP's hopes to expand their footprint in the legislature.
Sep 12, 2020
9/10/2020: AG Peter Neronha; Common Cause RI
Attorney General Peter Neronha discusses his office's role in police use of force investigations and where he stands on officer worn body camera. Then John Marion of Common Cause R.I. on what Primary Day means for the November elections and how things might be improved.
Aug 28, 2020
8/28/2020: Massachusetts Primary Primer
With Massachusetts voters set to go to the polls on Tuesday - and thousands of mail ballots already cast - Newsmakers takes a look at two hotly contested races in the Commonwealth: The matchup between incumbent Senator Ed Markey and Challenger Congressman Joe Kennedy, as well as the race to replace Kennedy in the 4th District of Massachusetts. The first half is a potion of a debate moderated by Ted Nesi and hosted by Stonehill College among the 4th Congressional candidates. On the second half Tim White and Ted Nesi are joined by Prod. Shannon Jenkins of UMass Dartmouth, and Stephanie Murray, Author of Politico Massachusetts' Playbook.
Jul 31, 2020
7/30/2020: Gov. Gina Raimondo
Gov. Gina Raimondo looks back at thee state’s response to the pandemic over the last six months, weighs in on what schools may look like opening up, unemployment, nursing homes, politics and more. The interview with Tim White was conducted in the state room of the R.I. State House.
Jul 24, 2020
7/24/2020: Common Cause RI; Mayor Elorza
Common Cause R.I. Executive Director John Marion tells Tim White why his organization is suing the state of Rhode Island over mail ballots. Then Steph Machado interviews Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza as part of her new program "The Pulse of Providence."
Jul 17, 2020
7/17/2020: NEARI's Robert Walsh, Congressional candidate Ihssane Leckey
Tim White discusses what school reopening may look like with teacher's union leader Robert Walsh of the National Education Association of R.I.'s Executive Director Robert Walsh. Then Ted Nesi talks to Ihssane Leckey about why she wants to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy in congress.
Jul 10, 2020
7/10/2020: Dr. Ashish Jha; RIPEC's Michael DiBiase
This week on Newsmakers: Dr. Ashish Jha of the Harvard Global Health Institute, who is taking over as dean of Brown University's School of Public Health this fall, breaks down the latest on coronavirus; Michael DiBiase, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure council, gives his take on the state budget outlook.
Jul 1, 2020
7/1/2020: PC's Rev. Shanley; Bryant's Machtley
his week on Newsmakers: an exit interview with two departing college presidents. First, in an interview with WPRI 12 anchor Mike Montecalvo, Father Brian Shanley - the longest serving president of Providence College - reflects on his 15 years at the helm of P.C., and what he plans to do next. Then on the second half, reporter Kait Walsh sits down with retiring Bryant University president Ron Machtley on the biggest achievements and challenges he faces in 24 years at the Smithfield campus.
Jun 26, 2020
6/26/2020: Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green
R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green discusses her new plan to turn around the Providence school system and weighs in on what K-12 public schools could look like when they reconvene in the fall. She addresses the challenges of reopening during a pandemic, from class sizes to transportation.
Jun 19, 2020
6/19/2020: State Sen. Harold Metts
This week on Newsmakers: state Sen. Harold Metts, D-Providence. Metts weighs in on the chances of his push to remove “and Providence Plantations” from the state’s name, an idea that was rejected by voters 10 years ago. He also discusses his bill that would examine overhauling the controversial Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, and his perspective on the protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
Jun 12, 2020
6/12/2020: Highlights from the Markey/Kennedy debate
Incumbent U.S. Senator Ed Markey faced off against his challenger Congressman Joe Kennedy Monday night in the WPRI 12 studios. This week on Newsmakers, highlights from the hourlong debate, moderated by Tim White and Ted Nesi.
Jun 5, 2020
6/5/2020: Markey/Kennedy debate preview; RI news roundup
Tim White and Ted Nesi are joined by UMass Dartmouth professor Shannon Jenkins and Politico Massachusetts editor Stephanie Murray to preview Monday’s WPRI 12 U.S. Senate primary debate between Ed Markey and Joe Kennedy; then, Tim and Ted recap the week’s news in Rhode Island.
May 29, 2020
5/29/2020: AG Peter Neronha
This week on the first half of Newsmakers, R.I. Attorney General Peter Neronha. The judiciary has quietly been coming back up to speed as the rest of the state slowly reopens. Neronha discusses the grand jury process in the pandemic and the types of cases his office is seeing. Then Ted Nesi joins Tim White to discuss the week in news, including the upcoming Phase 2 of reopening.
May 22, 2020
5/22/2020: US Senator Ed Markey
This week on Newsmakers: U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, discusses his primary race against challenger Congressman Joe Kennedy III, the coronavirus crisis, and prospects for another stimulus bill in Washington. On the second half, WPRI 12 politics editor Ted Nesi joins Tim White live from the State House for a breakdown of the week's headlines in Rhode Island.
May 15, 2020
5/15/2020: RI Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: R.I. Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, D-Warwick. Leader McCaffrey talks about the steep budget challenges ahead for the general assembly and what is on the table to make up for a projected $800 budget shortfall. Then Ted Nesi joins Tim White live from the state house to break down the week in news including a new setup for reporters covering the governor's daily press briefing.
May 1, 2020
5/1/2020: Congressman David Cicilline
Congressman David Cicilline joins Tim White via Zoom to discuss plans for another federal aid package. Cicilline is calling for hazard pay for frontline workers and money for struggling municipalities to help balance their budgets. Then Ted Nesi joins Tim White live from the State House to talk about a rocky week in COVID-19 data from state health officials.
Apr 24, 2020
4/24/2020: Impact of pandemic on nursing homes
With the crushing effect of COVID-19 on the nursing home population, Tim White interviews the head of the R.I. Health Care Association, Scott Fraser. His group represents 64 of the 81 nursing homes in Rhode Island. Fraser discusses the need for a "strike team" to help staff nursing homes. Then Ted Nesi joins Tim White to discuss a new Bryant University poll that looks at voter's opinion of the governor's job performance during the crisis.
Apr 17, 2020
4/17/2020: Brett Smiley, Dept. of Administration Director
R.I. Dept. of Administration Director Brett Smiley discusses running state government during a pandemic, if furloughs are a possibility for state workers, and how federal emergency aid is being spent. Then Ted Nesi joins Tim White live from the State House to break down the week in news including the governor releasing Coronavirus projections.
Apr 10, 2020
4/10/2020: Treasurer Seth Magaziner; Ted Nesi
This week on the first half of Newsmakers R.I. Gen. Treasurer Seth Magaziner discusses the options for small businesses who have been hit hard during the pandemic, and how much borrowing state government has done to stay afloat. Then Ted Nesi joins Tim White live from the State House to discuss the week in news and the pandemic's impact on politics.
Apr 3, 2020
4/3/2020: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
his week on the first half of Newsmakers, R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea talks to Tim White live from the State House about what the pandemic means for the elections calendar, and how open meetings are getting impacted. Then Eyewitness News Politics Editor Ted Nesi breaks down a chaotic week of news, including answers to common questions from those on unemployment.
Mar 27, 2020
3/27/2020: Lifespan, Care New England; Ted Nesi from the RI State House
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: the CEO's of the state's largest hospital groups; Dr. Tim Babineau of Lifespan and Dr. James Fanale of Care New England, discuss their preparedness for dealing with COVID-19. Then Ted Nesi live from the State House about the politics of a pandemic.
Mar 20, 2020
3/20/2020: Congressman David Cicilline
Congressman David Cicilline. With federal lawmakers proposing various stimulus packages, Cicilline discusses what he thinks is the best plan for the country and Rhode Island.
Mar 16, 2020
3/16/2020: Congressman Joe Kennedy [Extra]
In this Newsmakers podcast extra, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III talks with Ted Nesi about the response to COVID-19 in Washington and what needs to happen next, as well as how it's affecting his Senate bid.
Mar 13, 2020
3/13/2020: Coronavirus roundtable
WPRI reporters Tim White, Ted Nesi, Steph Machado and Eli Sherman break down the evolving development throughout the week on the coronavirus.
Mar 6, 2020
3/6/2020: Super Tuesday political roundtable
This week on Newsmakers: a breakdown of the Super Tuesday presidential primary. Joining Tim White and Ted Nesi are Mike Raia, communications strategist for Nail[PR], political analyst Lisa Pelosi, and Joe Fleming, political analyst for Eyewitness News. The panel discusses Joe Biden's surge and why Sen. Elizabeth Warren failed to gain traction. They also look ahead to Michigan, and whether Sen. Bernie Sanders can again take the state like he did in 2016.
Feb 28, 2020
2/28/2020: What you need to know about coronavirus in RI
This week on Newsmakers: a closer look at how the coronavirus could affect Southern New England with R.I. Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott; plus, Tim White and Ted Nesi pose your questions about the outbreak to Brown University's Dr. Adam Levine and Rhode Island Hospital's Dr. Selim Sooner.
Feb 21, 2020
2/21/2020: Mayor Grebien; political roundtable
This week on Newsmakers: Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien discusses the new report about the closure of Memorial Hospital, the Tidewater Landing project and his own political future; Stephanie Murray of Politico Massachusetts and Michael Goodman of UMass Dartmouth break down a busy week in Massachusetts politics.
Feb 14, 2020
2/14/2020: Neil Steinberg; political roundtable
This week on Newsmakers: Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg discusses its new long-term strategy documents about education and health care; a political roundtable breaks down the New Hampshire primary results.
Feb 7, 2020
2/7/2020: Mike Bloomberg; political roundtable
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Gina Raimondo talk with WPRI 12 politics editor Ted Nesi about her decision to endorse him. Then political analysts Joe Fleming and Lisa Pelosi join the panel to break down the latest news in the presidential race.
Jan 31, 2020
1/31/2020: RI Convention Center's McCarvill; School funding formula
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: R.I. Convention Center Authority Ex. Director Jim McCarvill. In the wake of a controversial audit ordered by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, McCarvill weighs in on why he thinks the audit was ordered and the ensuing state police probe. On the second half: State Sen. Ryan Pearson. A new report from a special Senate task force focused on how the state spends $1 billion in education funding each year. Pearson discusses the list of recommendations which will likely lead to series of bills in the coming months.
Jan 24, 2020
1/24/2020: Becky Grossman; reporter roundtable
This week on Newsmakers: Democrat Becky Grossman, a candidate for Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District and Newton city councilor, discusses her campaign to succeed Joe Kennedy III. She is one of seven Democrats who are currently in the race, along with Jake Auchincloss, Dave Cavell, Alan Khazei, Ihssane Leckey, Jesse Mermell and Ben Sigel. On the second half, a reporter roundtable featuring Steph Machado, Eli Sherman and Dan McGowan breaks down the week’s headlines at the Rhode Island State House and Providence City Hall.
Jan 17, 2020
1/17/2020: Speaker Mattiello
This week on Newsmakers: R.I. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. The state's top lawmaker is already bristling over Gov. Gina Raimondo's budget proposal. Mattiello, D-Cranston, discusses how he opposes adult marijuana legalization this year, but may be open to it down the road. And he responds to questions about why he ordered an audit of the R.I. Convention Center at the same time one of his friends is in the middle of a personnel investigation.
Jan 10, 2020
1/10/2020: Leader Filippi; John Howell
This week on Newsmakers: House Minority Leader Blake Filippi, R-New Shoreham, discusses the Republican policy agenda for 2020 at the State House and whether he'll run for governor; Warwick Beacon publisher John Howell reflects on his 50 years running the biweekly newspaper.
Jan 3, 2020
1/3/2020: Political roundtable looks at 2020
This week on Newsmakers: a political roundtable examines 2020. Joining Tim White and Ted Nesi are Eyewitness News Political Analyst Joe Fleming along with political analysts Lisa Pelosi and Joy Fox. The panel looks at the upcoming election year from a national and local perspective, and what policies the governor and General Assembly may tackle in the new legislative session.
Dec 29, 2019
12/28/2019: Gov. Gina Raimondo
This week on Newsmakers: Eyewitness News anchor Kim Kalunian conducts a year-end interview with Gov. Gina Raimondo, who reflects on the ups and downs of 2019 and reveals what she will be pushing in 2020.
Dec 20, 2019
12/20/2019: Bishop Thomas Tobin
This week on Newsmakers: Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin discusses his recent meeting with Pope Francis in Rome, the ongoing Catholic sex abuse crisis, declining Mass attendance and more.
Dec 13, 2019
12/13/2019: Soccer exec Brett Johnson; Care New England CEO
This week on Newsmakers: Brett Johnson, founder and principal of Fortuitous Partners, discusses his $400 million proposed soccer complex for Pawtucket; Care New England President and CEO Dr. James Fanale discusses the possibility of renewed hospital merger talks with Lifespan.
Dec 6, 2019
12/6/2019: Jesse Mermell; soccer in Pawtucket
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Jesse Mermell, a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, discusses her campaign to succeed Congressman Joe Kennedy. She is one of six Democrats who are currently in the race, along with Jake Auchincloss, Dave Cavell, Becky Grossman, Alan Khazei and Ihssane Leckey. Then on the second half, a reporter roundtable discusses the $400 million proposed Pawtucket soccer development.
Nov 27, 2019
11/27/2019: Hunger in RI; Mayor Elorza
Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff, and the executive director of Meals on Wheels Rhode Island Meghan Grady. Despite the good economy, Rhode Island is still seeing thousands of families who need food assistance. Schiff and Grady discuss the demand they’re seeing. On the second half of Newsmakers: Ted Nesi interviews Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on the 20th anniversary of the Providence Place Mall.
Nov 22, 2019
11/22/2019: Brown Univ. President Christina Paxson
The leader of Rhode Island's Ivy League institution since 2012, Paxson discusses the state of higher education in America, the Varsity Blues scandal, the ongoing drama in Rhode Island's hospital sector, and the Providence schools takeover.
Nov 15, 2019
11/15/2019: Gov. Gina Raimondo
This week on Newsmakers: Gov. Gina Raimondo. The governor recently sued the General Assembly over marijuana regulations; she discusses why, and what would lead her to drop the suit. The governor also admits her team got it wrong when putting together the budget for the state's child welfare agency, and weighs in on the 2020 presidential race.
Nov 9, 2019
11/8/2019: Fall River Mayor-elect Paul Coogan; TF Green CEO
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Fall River Mayor-elect Paul Coogan. The turbulent Jasiel Correia era in Fall River is over: Coogan won Tuesday’s election handily and is tasked with raising morale in a city that has been battered by allegations of corruption. Coogan outlines his priorities and discusses his conversation with Mayor Correia after the results came in. Then on the second half, Target 12 Consumer Investigator Susan Campbell sits down with R.I. Airport Corporation President and CEO Iftikhar Ahmad to discuss why revenue is falling at T.F. Green and what the outlook is there.
Nov 1, 2019
11/1/2019: Jake Auchincloss; mayoral elections preview
This week on Newsmakers: Jake Auchincloss, Democratic candidate for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District; then, Politico Massachusetts' Stephanie Murray joins Tim White and Ted Nesi to preview next week's mayoral elections in New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton and Attleboro.
Oct 27, 2019
10/25/2019: RWU president; IGT deal
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Roger Williams University President Ioannis Miaoulis. After running the Boston Museum of Science for 15 years, Miaoulis came to Bristol to take the helm at RWU. He discusses the state of the university and higher education overall. On the second half, state Sens. Lou DiPalma, D-Middletown, and Ryan Pearson, D-Cumberland, break down the legislative hearings examining a proposed bill that would give gaming giant IGT a 20-year extension on its state contract for lottery technology.
Oct 9, 2019
10/9/2019: IGT vs. Twin River
IGT Global Solutions Chairman Robert Vincent and Twin River Rhode Island President Mark Crisafulli discuss the State House debate over the state Lottery technology contract.
Oct 4, 2019
10/4/2019: RI GOP Chair Sue Cienki; political roundtable
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: R.I. Republican Party Chair Sue Cienki. With the ongoing spat between gaming companies IGT and Twin River making headlines, Cienki outlines why the state GOP opposes the governor’s push to extend IGT’s contract, arguing the opposition is not driven by politics. Then, Eyewitness News Political Analyst Joe Fleming joins Tim White, Ted Nesi and Cienki for a political roundtable, analyzing the potential political fallout of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Sep 27, 2019
9/27/2019: Prov. Public Safety Commissioner Steve Paré, immigration debate
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré. After a summer of nightclub-related violence, the longtime public safety official weighs in on a proposal to create a special district for nightclubs. Plus, why it’s getting harder to recruit police officers. One the second half, Target 12 Investigators Walt Buteau and Steph Machado join Tim White to discuss their in-depth investigation into immigration “An American Debate”, a look at the often divisive topic through the prism of southern New England.
Sep 20, 2019
9/20/2019: Attorney General Peter Neronha
More than a month since a truck pushed its way into a crowd of protesters outside the Wyatt Detention Center, Neronha provides an update on his investigation. The first-term Democrat also discusses why he rejected an initial settlement with Purdue Pharma in a nationwide opioid lawsuit.
Sep 13, 2019
9/13/2019: Congressman Bill Keating
With another round of charges against Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, Keating – whose district covers a large chunk of Fall River – calls on the embattled city leader to resign. He also discusses why he is now supporting an impeachment investigation against the president and where things stand on the stalled Vineyard Wind project.
Sep 6, 2019
9/6/2019: Lt. Gov. Dan McKee
Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, a second-term Democrat, discusses his approach to education policy, the Providence schools takeover, whether he'll run for governor in 2022 and more.
Aug 30, 2019
8/30/2019: Congressman Jim Langevin
U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-Rhode Island. Recently, Langevin announced he now supports an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. He explains why he had a change of heart and admits it could be bad for Democrats politically. Plus, Langevin weighs in on the likelihood of Rhode Island losing a congressional seat.
Aug 23, 2019
8/23/2019: Scott Lang; Kennedy vs. Markey
This week on Newsmakers: former New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang discusses why he's considering a Democratic primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Ed Markey; UMass Dartmouth's Shannon Jenkins and the Liberty Square Group's Scott Ferson analyze Congressman Joe Kennedy's potential Senate campaign.
Aug 16, 2019
8/16/2019: Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon
Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon, a Democrat, discusses his first year as mayor, the city's uncertain financial picture, restoring school sports, declining passenger traffic at T.F. Green and more.
Aug 9, 2019
8/9/2019: Gov. Raimondo; Political Roundtable
This week on the first half of Newsmakers: Gov. Gina Raimondo. Gaming giants IGT and Twin River have been embroiled in a public battle over a contract to manage the state's gambling technology and lottery systems. Raimondo discusses why she supports extending IGT's contract over the objections of the casino. She also reacts to the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. On the second half, WPRI.com reporter Eli Sherman and Eyewitness News Political Analyst Joe Fleming join Tim White and Ted Nesi for a political roundtable.
Aug 2, 2019
8/2/2019: PPAC's Lynn Singleton
The President of the Providence Performing Arts Center, Lynn Singleton. With the smash hit "Hamilton" in Providence, Singleton talks about the impact the show has had on subscriptions to PPAC now and moving forward. Singleton also talks about the history of PPAC and how they have evolved over the years to host major shows, like "Hamilton."
Jul 26, 2019
7/26/2019: Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. Newly minted education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green took a major step earlier this week in taking over the beleaguered Providence schools. Mayor Elorza discusses what he'd like to see from the change and says there should be an end date on the state intervention. He also discusses city taxes, the closing of a Federal Hill nightclub and more.s
Jul 19, 2019
7/19/2019: Congressman David Cicilline
This week on Newsmakers: U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Cicilline will be questioning Robert Mueller next week on the special counsel's investigation into his Russia probe. Cicilline previews that hearing, weighs in on talk of a division among House Democrats, and reacts to a devastating report about the Providence public schools.
Jul 12, 2019
7/12/2019: FBI Boston chief, US Attorney for RI
Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Office of the FBI, Joseph Bonavolonta and U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, Aaron Weisman. From national security to public corruption, Bonavolonta and Weisman discuss regional and national priories for both agencies.
Jul 5, 2019
7/5/2019: Political roundtables on RI, Mass.
This week on Newsmakers: political roundtables look back at the first half of 2019 and preview the rest of the year in Rhode Island and Massachusetts politics. With Ian Donnis of The Public's Radio, Dan McGowan of The Boston Globe, Stephanie Murray of Politico Massachusetts, and Peter Ubertaccio of Stonehill College.
Jun 28, 2019
6/28/2019: Congressman Joe Kennedy
This week on Newsmakers: Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass. The fourth-term House Democrat explains why he now supports impeachment proceedings against President Trump, shares his concern about the ongoing migrant crisis, handicaps the 2020 presidential race and discusses his own political future.
Jun 21, 2019
6/21/2019: Sen. Judiciary Chair Erin Lynch Prata
R.I. Senator Judiciary Chair Erin Lynch Prata. In an unusual move, Lynch Prata moved a controversial abortion bill to another committee to ensure its passage. Lynch Prata discusses her decision and weighs in on other hot-button issues facing lawmakers as the General Assembly session nears its end. As a lawmaker from Warwick, she also reacts to the budget woes the city is facing.
Jun 14, 2019
6/14/2019: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
This week on Newsmakers: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. The second-term Democrat discusses moving the primary election, preparations for 2020, the fight over birth dates in the voter file, and her political future.
Jun 7, 2019
6/7/2019: RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner
R.I. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. Eight years after landmark pension reform in the state, Magaziner provides an update on the health of the retirement system, answers questions about a potential run for governor and discusses his legislative priorities as the general assembly session nears the end.
May 31, 2019
5/31/2019: RI Police Chiefs' Assoc., reporters roundtable
Sid Wordell, the executive director of the R.I. Police Chiefs' Association. Wordell discusses the challenges department face in recruiting and retaining officers, and which legislative proposals they support and oppose on Smith Hill. Then Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau and Dan McGowan from the Boston Globe discuss the week in news.
May 24, 2019
5/24/2019: THC use in RI public schools
Candace Caluori, principal of Toll Gate High School in Warwick. This academic year, an ambulance has been called to Warwick schools five times for students who have had a bad reaction after using the drug THC - which is the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive effects. R.I. Dept. of Education data shows THC use has spiked at schools statewude in the past year. Caluori discusses was she calls "an epidemic" and what they are doing about the problem. Target 12 also interviews the assistant principal at Toll Gate who gives a show-and-tell of some of the devices used to ingest THC.
May 16, 2019
5/16/2019: Education Commissioner Infante-Green
Angélica Infante-Green, commissioner of the R.I. Department of Education. Shortly after Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Infante-Green was taking the helm at the state's education department, legislative leaders announced a sweeping package of reforms aimed at the state's K-12 public school system. Infante-Green weighs in on the bills she likes - and doesn't like - and what her priorities are as the new commissioner of RIDE.
May 10, 2019
5/10/2019: Lifespan leaders on Partners-CNE
This week on Newsmakers: Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau and Dr. James Fingleton, chief of Lifespan's Cardiovascular Institute. With state regulators considering a proposed takeover of Care New England by Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Babineau and Fingleton make the case on why the deal shouldn't get the green light.
May 3, 2019
5/3/2019: Marijuana legalization; RI Promise
This week on Newsmakers: Norm Birenbaum, the R.I. Department of Business Regulation's point person on marijuana policy, and state consultant Andrew Freedman discuss the governor's proposal to legalize cannabis; Rhode Island College President Dr. Frank Sánchez discusses free tuition, school safety, his future and more.
1 hr 40 min
Apr 26, 2019
4/26/2019: Mayor Fung, Bob Walsh
This week on Newsmakers: Mayor Allan Fung, R-Cranston, and the executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, Robert Walsh. House lawmakers passed two controversial bills pushed by organized labor in recent weeks: one would continue union contracts after they expire, the other provides overtime for firefighters any time over 42 hours in a week. Municipal leaders say the bills will lead to increased property taxes, while unions call it a matter of fairness. Fung and Walsh debate the proposals.
Apr 19, 2019
4/19/2019: RI Attorney General Peter Neronha
This week on Newsmakers: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha. After a review of his office, Neronha announced this month the backlog of unprosecuted cases was larger than first thought. He discusses what's being done to move those prosecutions along, and reacts to the release of the redacted Mueller report.
Apr 12, 2019
4/19/2019: Political Roundtable
A political roundtable. Joining Tim White and Ted Nesi are Eyetwitness News Political Analyst Joe Fleming, Former RI GOP Chairman Brandon Bell, and Public Affairs Consultant Cara Cromwell. The group discusses the latest out of Washington D.C., President Trump's reelection chances and takes an early look at the 2022 gubernatorial race in Rhode Island.
Apr 5, 2019
4/5/2019: RI GOP Chairperson Suzanne Cienki
This week on Newsmakers: Suzanne Cienki, R.I. Republican Party Chairperson. After a devastating election cycle for the state Republicans in 2018, Cienki discusses where she wants to put the Party's focus in 2020, and who she sees as the rising stars in he state GOP.
Mar 29, 2019
3/29/2019: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Rhode Island U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. With the conclusion of the Robert Mueller probe, the third-term Democrat reacts to the summary of the investigation by Attorney General William Barr, what he would like to see happen next, and what should be made public.
Mar 22, 2019
3/22/2019: Narragansett Bay Commission Chair Vincent Mesolella
This week on Newsmakers: Vincent Mesolella, Chairman of the Narragansett Bay Commission. Mesolella discusses the third and final phase of the massive combined sewer overflow project - estimated to cost $779 million - and the plans to pay for it. He also weighs in on Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's pitch to monetize the Water Supply Board.
Mar 15, 2019
3/15/2019: Col. James Manni, RI State Police
Colonel James Manni of the R.I. State Police. Manni is just the 14th superintendent in the 95-year history of the storied law enforcement agency. Manni weighs in on the possibility of legalized recreational marijuana, staffing changes within the agency and he talks about his years in the U.S. Secret Service.
1 hr 40 min
Mar 8, 2019
3/8/2019: Abortion debate; Fall River recall
This week on Newsmakers: Rabbi Sarah Mack and PC Professor Holly Taylor Coolman discuss the Rhode Island House's abortion vote; Herald News editor Lynne Sullivan and UMass Dartmouth Professor Michael Goodman previews next week’s Fall River mayoral recall election.
Mar 1, 2019
3/1/2019: Senate President Dominick Ruggerio
This week on Newsmakers: Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, D-North Providence. Now in his second term leading the upper chamber, Ruggerio shares his views on Smith Hill's biggest issues, including marijuana, abortion, beach fees, gambling and more.
Feb 22, 2019
2/22/2019: RI Party leaders debate
This week on Newsmakers: T. Kevin Olasanoye, executive director of the R.I. Democratic Party, and Lee Ann Sennick, Rhode Island Republican national committeewoman. Olasanoye and Sennick discuss the 2020 presidential election, the arrest of a Republican fundraiser, and look back at the 2018 election in RI.
Feb 15, 2019
2/15/2019: New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell discusses a wide range of issues from charter school expansion and marijuana shops to his political future.
Feb 8, 2019
2/8/2019: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the SOTU, Green New Deal, a potential government shutdown and more.
Feb 1, 2019
2/1/2019: Congressman David Cicilline
Congressman David Cicilline discusses being in the majority party of the House for the first time.
Jan 25, 2019
1/25/2019: State Sens. Lou DiPalma, Dawn Euer
DiPalma, D-Middletown, and Euer, D-Newport, discuss the impact of the natural gas shutoff to some 6,000 customers on Aquidneck Island.
Jan 18, 2019
1/18/2019: Gov. Gina Raimondo
In her first extended television interview since her State of the State address, Raimondo discusses her newly unveiled $9.9-billion budget plan, the proposal to legalize marijuana for adults, staff changes in her administration, beach fees, and much more.