Newsmakers: Wpri 12 Eyewitness 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.


  • 12/3/2021: Helena Foulkes

    03/12/2021 Duration: 26min

    This week on Newsmakers: Democratic candidate for governor Helena Foulkes talks about why she’s running, where she stands on the issues, and what she did as a top CVS executive in her first television interview since launching her campaign.

  • 11/24/2021: Holiday shopping outlook; RI Food Policy Council

    24/11/2021 Duration: 26min

    This week on Newsmakers: Professors Teresa McCarthy Byrne of Bryant University and Diane McCrohan of Johnson & Wales University examine the outlook for the holiday shopping season, how the pandemic has changed retail, and supply-chain issues. Then on the second half, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council’s Nessa Richman and Jazandra Barros discuss their organization’s efforts to expand the local food ecosystem.

  • 11/18/2021: Seth Magaziner

    19/11/2021 Duration: 26min

    This week on Newsmakers: Democratic candidate for governor Seth Magaziner. The second-term general treasurer discusses his vision for Rhode Island on issues including health care, energy and federal relief funding. He also responds to criticism from his rivals.

  • 11/11/2021: RI GOP Chair Sue Cienki; reporters' roundtable

    13/11/2021 Duration: 26min

    R.I. Republican Party Chair Sue Cienki talks about the outlook for the GOP in the 2022 elections; then, Steph Machado and Eli Sherman discuss the controversies in the North Kingstown School Department and at Providence City Hall.

  • 11/4/2021: RI Foundation; Providence VA

    05/11/2021 Duration: 26min

    This week on Newsmakers: Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg discusses his organization's newly released recommendations for spending the state's $1.1 billion American Rescue Plan Act allocation. Then on the second half, two local U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs leaders -- Larry Connell, director of the VA Providence Healthcare System, and E.J. McQuade, executive director of the Veterans Benefits Administration's Providence office -- explain how their agencies seek to help veterans.

  • 10/28/2021: Fall River Mayoral Debate – Coogan vs. Ponte

    28/10/2021 Duration: 28min

    This week on Newsmakers: a debate between the two candidates for Fall River mayor, incumbent Paul Coogan and challenger Cliff Ponte. The pair spar over city finances, marijuana regulations, campaign controversies and much more. The city election is Nov. 2.

  • 10/21/2021: Attleboro Mayoral Debate - Heroux vs. McGhee

    25/10/2021 Duration: 27min

    This week on Newsmakers: a debate between the two candidates for mayor of Attleboro. Incumbent Paul Heroux, who is seeking a third term as mayor, faces challenger Todd McGhee. The candidates sparred over rodent infestations, federal pandemic relief funds, pension debt, politics, the Attleboro High School mascot and more.

  • 10/15/2021: Providence mayoral candidate Nirva LaFortune; Latino Policy Institute

    16/10/2021 Duration: 26min

    With Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza term-limited, several candidates have thrown their hat into the ring, including Ward 3 City Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune. She discusses city violence, the unfunded pension liability and more. Then the executive director of the Latino Policy Institute, Marcela Bentancur, talks about her organization's 15th anniversary and the increase in the Hispanic population in Rhode Island.

  • 10/7/2021: Prov. City Council President John Igliozzi

    10/10/2021 Duration: 25min

    Providence City Council President John Igliozzi on the increase in shootings and homicides in the city, a controversial police hire, what the city plans to do with an influx in federal COVID relief funds and more. Then, Eli Sherman joins Tim White and Steph Machado to break down a series of State House hearings focused on a controversial taxpayer-funded contract awarded to a new firm with political connections.

  • 9/30/2021: Sen. Ryan Pearson; week in review

    03/10/2021 Duration: 25min

    In the coming weeks, Rhode Island lawmakers will be considering how more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid money should be spent. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Pearson, D-Cumberland, discusses the process moving forward, and questions he wants answered surrounding a controversial multimillion-dollar state contract that is being paid for with those funds. Then Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the latest in the 2022 governor's race.

  • 9/23/2021: Mayor Jon Mitchell

    23/09/2021 Duration: 25min

    This week on Newsmakers: New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. A Democrat first elected in 2011, Mitchell talks about the struggle to increase vaccination rates in his city, the challenging facing the fishing industry, offshore wind, his own political future and more.

  • 9/16/2021: Gregg Amore; RI housing market update

    16/09/2021 Duration: 26min

    This week on Newsmakers: state Rep. Gregg Amore, D-East Providence, discusses his newly launched campaign for Rhode Island secretary of state; Shannon Buss and David Salvatore of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors break down the latest trends in the state's housing market.

  • 9/9/2021: Sen. Elizabeth Warren; 9/11 anniversary

    09/09/2021 Duration: 25min

    This week on Newsmakers: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., talks with Ted Nesi about the budget talks on Capitol Hill, America's exit from Afghanistan, and her political future; Matt Newell, whose mother Renee died on Sept. 11, looks back with Mike Montecalvo in Newell's first sit-down interview about the topic.

  • 9/3/2021: Dr. Javier Montañez; week in review

    06/09/2021 Duration: 28min

    Steph Machado interviews the acting superintendent of Providence schools, Dr. Javier Montañez; Tim White and Ted Nesi break down the controversy involving the governor's now-former chief of staff.

  • 8/26/2021: Congressman Jake Auchincloss

    26/08/2021 Duration: 25min

    Among President Joe Biden's most vocal supporters of the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan is U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Massachusetts. Auchincloss served in Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine in 2012, and said Biden's decision was the right one, though the execution of the plan could have gone smoother. Auchincloss also weighed in on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and what it could mean to towns in his district including Attleboro, Taunton and parts of Fall River.

  • 8/19/2021: Sen. Jack Reed

    19/08/2021 Duration: 25min

    This week on Newsmakers: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, discusses the chaotic American evacuation of Afghanistan and whether President Biden made a mistake ordering the withdrawal. The fourth-term Rhode Island Democrat also looks back at why the U.S. mission struggled and what he learned during his 18 visits to the country since 2001.

  • 8/13/2021: COVID outlook in RI; Ben Downing

    13/08/2021 Duration: 26min

    This week on Newsmakers: Tom McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island's COVID-19 response, lays out the state's strategy to deal with the delta variant and open schools; Ben Downing, a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor, explains why he's running for the state's top job.

  • 8/6/2021: Brett Smiley; COVID in RI

    06/08/2021 Duration: 25min

    This week on Newsmakers: Brett Smiley, candidate for mayor of Providence, discusses rising concerns about violent incidents in the city and other policy issues; Target 12 investigator Eli Sherman shares an update on the latest coronavirus trends in Rhode Island.

  • 7/30/2021: Roger Williams Law School Prof. David Logan; Author Maureen Boyle

    30/07/2021 Duration: 25min

    In the era of misinformation, should a seminal case that provided sweeping protections to a free press be revisited? Roger Williams University Law School Prof. David Logan’s recent law review article arguing it should be was cited multiple times in a dissent by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and explains why New York Times v. Sullivan may doing more harm than good. Then, author Maureen Boyle takes viewers through the findings of her new book “The Ghost” that relives one of the most notorious mysteries in Southern New England.

  • 7/23/2021: Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos; a reporters roundtable

    23/07/2021 Duration: 25min

    This week on Newsmakers: Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos discusses her first 100 days on the job, and her visit to every city and town in the state. She also discusses the state takeover of Providence Public Schools, and why vaccination rates in Providence - where she was city council president - lags the rest of the state. Then Eli Sherman joins Tim White and Steph Machado to discuss the uptick in COVID cases, decline in vaccinations, and body worn camera policies.

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