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Emily Gowdey-Backus

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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

Five Questions With: Mary Brooks ‘Polly’ Wall

As of the new year, Mary Brooks “Polly” Wall is the new Rhode Island Foundation board chair. A retired Royal Bank of Scotland executive,...

Providence Preservation Society to host Winter Bash at Bomes Theater

PROVIDENCE – On Feb. 23, the Providence Preservation Society will hold its 16th annual winter fundraiser, this year with a Hollywood theme.The event will...

URI to host 4th annual Guitar Festival in April

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island will host its fourth annual Guitar Festival April 5-7.Participating artists for 2019 include Gaelle Solal from...

Providence Career & Tech students gain home-construction experience

PROVIDENCE – A beam-signing ceremony was held on Jan. 15 to celebrate achievements made by Providence Career & Technical Academy students in the Home...
SPORTS BETTING: Pictured is the new sports-betting facilities at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln. The expansion of sports betting to mobile options is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Super Bowl boosts R.I. coffers

Rhode Islanders can thank the New England Patriots for more than just another NFL championship.While the long-term success of legalized sports betting in Rhode...
WEATHER-RESISTANT: Jeff Sweenor, owner of Sweenor Builders in South Kingstown, points to the house that architectural designer Lori Foley has on screen that is located in South Kingstown and uses helical piers that screw down to bedrock and breakaway lower walls that let the water go right through. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fighting back vs. extreme weather

Weather-related damage from fierce hurricanes, flooding, storm surges and intensified UV rays does not discriminate between high-end or low-income housing.In Rhode Island, however, some...
IN A STATEMENT THURSDAY, Brown University announced a $5 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant will fund efforts to catalog, photography and establish a professional inventory of the school's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology collection prior to a yet-to-be-determined relocation to Providence from Bristol. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown receives $5M to prep Haffenreffer Museum for a move to...

PROVIDENCE – Preparation for a planned move from Bristol to Providence for the Brown University Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology was announced Thursday after the...
SUZANNE FOGARTY heads the Lincoln School in Providence. On Monday, the independent all-girl college-preparatory school announced its third $1 million-plus gift in the past three years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Historic gift kicks off Lincoln School campus improvement campaign

PROVIDENCE - The Lincoln School has received a $4.5 million donation, the largest gift in school's history, to kick start the all girls academy's...

Wheeler School, WaterFire Arts partner on new curriculum program

PROVIDENCE – Eighth-grade students at the Wheeler School will be able to study at the WaterFire Arts Center in a program called Wheeler Cityside,...

Five Questions With: Becca Bender

In a new position for the Rhode Island Historical Society, Becca Bender will serve as film archivist and curator of recorded media, the historical...
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