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James Bessette joined the Providence Business News as the Researcher in February 2018. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News. He also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College.
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND'S fifth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected food insecurity in both Rhode Island and across the U.S.

URI’s annual Food System Summit to focus on COVID-19 impact on...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island’s fifth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit will focus on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food...
UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND has launched a five-year, $100 million strategic plan to create transformative change in the state, including improving racial equality and creating a nonprofit association.

United Way of R.I. launches 5-year, $100M investment plan to create...

PROVIDENCE – Improving racial equality in Rhode Island, creating more affordable housing across the state, increasing reading proficiency in local children and out-of-school time...
MARK FULLER has been named interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

Fuller named UMass Dartmouth’s interim chancellor

DARTMOUTH – Mark Fuller, currently the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s vice chancellor for advancement and former dean of the university’s Isenberg School of Management,...

Rhode Island School of Design cancels 2021 in-person commencement; moves ceremony...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island School of Design announced Monday that it is canceling its in-person commencement for the Class of 2021 and will...
THE REACTION TO Gov. Gina M. Raimondo being selected as President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of commerce has been mostly positive. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo’s Cabinet appointment garners mostly positive reaction from local leaders

PROVIDENCE – Elected and politically tied officials, company executives and nonprofit leaders on Friday offered both congratulations and criticism to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo...
PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Most-read stories on PBN.com, Dec. 2020

1. Amgen’s new $200M next-gen biologic plant a first in U.S. Amgen Inc.’s new 120,000-square-foot biomanufacturing factory in West Greenwich, the first of its...

RIDE overturns North Kingstown School Department’s suspension of students over parent’s...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Education Commissioner Angelica Infanté-Green ruled Dec. 29 that the North Kingstown School Department cannot suspend two students from in-person learning because...
SOUTHCOAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION announced it has awarded more than $600,000 to 60 nonprofits through its Emergency Response Fund.

SouthCoast Community Foundation awards $600K to nonprofits through Emergency Response Fund

NEW BEDFORD – The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced Wednesday that it has awarded 60 local nonprofits more than $600,000 in grants from the foundation’s...

Five Questions With: Scott Bromberg

Scott Bromberg is the president of the Henry Barnard School Parents Association. Last month, the association reached an agreement with Rhode Island College to...

Wheaton College receives $200K to strengthen liberal arts curriculum

NORTON – Wheaton College was awarded a three-year, $200,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to help the college strengthen its implementation of the...

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