News and Events



  • Former News Anchor Commits $1 Million to Harrington School- Former WPRI Eyewitness News anchor Karen L. Adams H’10 has made a $1 million commitment toward her endowment to support female students at URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
  • Harrington in Hollywood: Free Trip to LA and Ellen!- Fly to Los Angeles, be in the audience for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, meet the show's executive producer, tour Warner Bros. Studios, and learn from Harrington alumni in the film and TV industry.
  • Nikki Noya Nikki Noya ’00 finds smooth landing on syndicated travel show ‘The Jet Set’- Nikki Noya ’00 loves competing and setting goals. So when the chance to become co-host of a nationally syndicated travel show suddenly popped up, Noya took the gamble.
  • LuAnne Roth joins writing and rhetoric faculty- by Mariana Zardetto Alves & Delaney LePage LuAnne Roth, Ph.D., joins the writing and rhetoric department as a senior lecturer. Roth received her doctorate degree in English from University of Missouri, Columbia. She also has a master’s degree in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in psychology […]
  • Multimedia expert joins journalism department- by Delaney LePage The Harrington School has a new face in the journalism department: Jason Jaacks, assistant professor of multimedia journalism. Jaacks received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree in documentary studies from the College of Santa Fe. Jaacks comes to the Harrington School with an […]
  • First-year student profile: Siobhan Richards- by Juliana Dellamarggio For high school seniors, deciding where to go to college is one of the hardest decisions they have to make. Some knew right away where they wanted to go. For others, like freshman Siobhan Richards, more research had to be done before choosing which college to attend. Richards, a public relations and […]
  • GSLIS program receives perfect score on accreditation renewal- by Emma Mangione The Harrington School’s Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences is a consistent success story. Recently the GSLIS program’s American Library Association accreditation was renewed, keeping the institution certified by the ALA. In fact, GSLIS department head Valerie Karno, pictured left, stated that the program received a perfect report. “This means we […]
  • Harrington School sees increase in first-year enrollment- by Juliana Dellamarggio The number of first-year students who enrolled in the Harrington School of Communication and Media this fall was up significantly from last year; in fact, there was a hefty 46 percent increase. Dr. Justin Wyatt, associate director of the Harrington School, credits the increase to a growing interest in communication, as well […]
  • Ashley Kuhar receives URI’s prestigious 10 Under 10 award- by Mariana Zardetto Alves Ashley Kuhar, BA ’14, MBA’18, was one of 10 URI alumni to receive the 10 Under 10 Award last month. Kuhar is the senior communications specialist at FM Global. The University of Rhode Island and the Young Alumni Council recognized several outstanding alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, […]
  • Student Spotlight: Freeman follows his passion for sports- by Mariana Zardetto Alves Harrington School senior Stone Freeman knows firsthand the benefit of the school’s focus on experiential learning. Freeman currently serves as the sports reporter for the athletics department at URI. To gain exposure to the world of sports, Freeman has participated in several key internships at local radio and television news stations […]
  • Jeff Fountain Jeff Fountain to manage newly renovated TV studio, broadcast center- by Emma Mangione The Harrington School will soon be home to a $1.2 million state-of-the-art television studio and broadcast center in Chafee Social Science Center. The TV Studio’s location and square footage will remain the same, but the design and equipment will be upgraded.The changes include a fully robotic camera, an industry-standard audio board, new […]
  • Brittani Sahm joins public relations program- by Juliana Dellamarggio With the new sports media and communication minor and the major to launch next year, the Harrington School of Communication and Media is excited to welcome to the faculty, Brittani Sahm, Ph.D.  Sahm received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida with an emphasis on sports, advertising, and public relations. She also […]
  • Student Spotlight: Rogerson interns with ABC Sports- by Emma Mangione Growing up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Kate Rogerson knew she loved Boston sports teams. She did not know one day she would find herself reporting at Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots football team. Rogerson is a junior journalism major pursuing a minor in sports media in the Harrington School of […]
  • Carole Radziwill Carole Radziwill to deliver Amanpour Lecture- Carole Radziwill will share her experiences as a journalist, best-selling author, and longtime cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
  • Yianni Kourakis teaches introductory sports media & communication course- by Juliana Dellamarggio This fall, the Harrington School of Communication and Media introduced the first-ever Introduction to Sports Media and Communication class taught by award-winning sports director and anchor, Yianni Kourakis. The course offers students a survey of perspectives on sports communication and media. It addresses the changing 24/7 landscape of sports media, the prevalence […]
  • Graduate Program in Library and Information Studies Receives Continued Accreditation- This ALA-accredited Master’s Program is one of six stellar programs of the Harrington School, which enjoys an increase in enrollments of almost 50% over the past year.
  • Photo of URI Alumna Nikki Noya Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Noya ’00- URI is proud to have so many distinguished alumni with exciting careers. Nikki Noya, URI class of 2000, is no exception. Noya is the co-host of the travel television talk show “The Jet Set,” the first hybrid talk and travel show.
  • Photo of 2018 URI graduate Jessica Pace Class of 2018 Spotlight: Jessica Pace- The end of the school year can be a frightening time for seniors who are not sure what they want to do after graduation or have not yet landed the job they desire. This was not the case for Jessica Pace, ’18, a journalism and communication studies double major.
  • Richard and Jean Harrington Harrington School receives $3 million gift- Richard J. Harrington ’73 and Jean Harrington have made a $3 million commitment to the Harrington School of Communication and Media.
  • Christiane Amanpour URI alumna Amanpour to fill PBS slot full-time- After filling PBS’ late-night time slot on an interim basis for five months, Christiane Amanpour, University of Rhode Island graduate, has been named the permanent successor to Charlie Rose.
  • Ellis Iacono Ellis Iacono ’18- Ellis Iacono arrived at the University of Rhode Island with the goal of becoming a doctor, and like any curious scientist, he kept his mind open to experiences and discoveries that could broaden his perspective and sharpen his focus.
  • Harrington School Media Agency Internship- The Harrington School of Communication and Media is seeking 4–6 enthusiastic, creative, and responsible students to manage the Harrington School of Communication and Media social media accounts and newsletter.
  • Kendall Moore URI filmmaker tackles issues of race, environment- URI journalism professor Kendall Moore's powerful films about race, the environment and other issues have raised understanding and won multiple awards.
  • Trenton Anderson Trenton Anderson ’18- Trenton Anderson was a shy teenager in high school. He didn’t have many friends, and he spent a lot of time alone in his room making YouTube videos.
  • Michael Shawver Michael Shawver ’07- A panther has taken down the Titanic and film editor Michael Shawver '07 is among those responsible.