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Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper.Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography

RWU, food-service provider offer hot meals amid government shutdown

BRISTOL – Approximately 70 active-duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families lined up to receive free hot meals from Roger Williams...

Five Questions With: Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is a third-grade English language-learner teacher at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School in Providence and winner of the 2018-19 Milken Family Foundation...

BankRI holiday giving campaign sends 1,400 gifts to local youths

PROVIDENCE – Wrapping up its 21st annual season, the Bank Rhode Island Holiday Giving Tree program collected 1,481 gifts to distribute to local children.Throughout...

Kidder named new chair of College Unbound board

PROVIDENCE – At its annual meeting on Jan. 11, College Unbound announced Patricia Kidder, an attorney and owner of Credit’s Cool in Newport, will...

Virtual dissection table aids St. Mary Academy students’ biology research

EAST PROVIDENCE – Earlier this month, St. Mary Academy Bay View announced the purchase of a virtual human dissection table to provide scientific imagery to...
A TOTAL OF 13 online programs from five local colleges and universities appeared on the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Program ranking released earlier this week. / COURTESY U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Regional schools gain more recognition in latest U.S. News online program...

PROVIDENCE – More southeastern New England schools’ online degree programs were highlighted in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Online programs report...
FOR THE FIRST TIME in 11 months, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up in December 2018. The measure stood at 3.9 percent: a 0.1 percentage point increase from November but a 0.6 percentage point decrease from December 2017. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. ends 2018 with 3.9% unemployment

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted Rhode Island unemployment rate ticked up month to month for the first time since January 2018 according to the...
A 16-POINT INCREASE was measured in the November 2018 CCI compared to the October 2018 figure. However, the latest data still represents a 34-point decrease year over year when compared to November 2017. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI increases in Nov., but signs point to “weakening” economy

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Characterizing November’s performance as a “reprieve” from October's results, University of Rhode Island Economist Leonard Lardaro announced the November Rhode Island...

Thirsk to head Brown’s digital strategy, tech platforms

PROVIDENCE – After a nationwide search, Brown University has appointed Bill Thirsk chief digital and information officer effective Feb. 1.The announcement, which came early...

Five Questions With: Shauna Duffy

Recently promoted to executive director of AS220, former Managing Director Shauna Duffy assumed the new solo executive position on Jan. 1, after former Artistic...
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