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Janine L. Weisman


Janine L. Weisman spent 25 years in the newsroom of The Newport Daily News, including 13 as editor of the popular free weekly Newport Mercury. An adjunct professor in the journalism program at Roger Williams University, Janine earned a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Maine and is a graduate of Rhode Island College.

Nancy Lavin

Senior Reporter

Nancy Lavin is an award-winning reporter covering Rhode Island politics and energy issues for States Newsroom. She previously reported on banking and finance, energy and entrepreneurship for Providence Business News. Nancy also spent three and a half years at the Frederick (Md.) News-Post and worked at The Westerly Sun. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.

Christopher Shea


Christopher Shea covers politics, the criminal justice system and transportation for States Newsroom. He previously was editor of Dartmouth (Mass.) Week for nearly two years after rising from a reporter position. During his time there, he broke the story of the closure of the former ICE facility at the Bristol County House of Corrections. A Wisconsin native who is fluent in Spanish, Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota and interned at The Minneapolis Star Tribune.