Colleen Cronin

Colleen Cronin covers rural communities in Rhode Island for ecoRI News, a nonprofit newsroom that reports on environmental and social justice issues. Prior to joining ecoRI, Cronin worked as a digital producer and metro correspondent at The Boston Globe, writing education stories and breaking news overnight. She’s also worked on a year-long project investigating the opioid epidemic in Rhode Island, freelanced for The New York Times, and interned at People Magazine. Cronin is bilingual and received her bachelor’s degree in English from Brown in 2021, where she covered state and local politics, the college admissions scandal, and the university’s response to COVID-19 for The Brown Daily Herald. She eventually worked her way up to the role of editor-in-chief and president.

ecoRI News

A nonprofit digital newsroom covering environmental and justice issues in Rhode Island, ecoRI News highlights local environmental problems and solutions, and aims to provide readers with the information they need to be better stewards of their environment. The go-to source for agency heads, policymakers, environmental nonprofits and citizens, ecoRI's signature publication, a free weekly e-newsletter, reaches 13,000 inboxes every week, and the website averages 50,000 visitors a month.

The Public’s Radio

The Public's Radio covers Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, focusing on local enterprise and investigative journalism. Our newsroom seeks to provide reporting that is focused more on depth than breaking news, offering analysis and perspective on stories we report as well as other news in the region.  

Antonia Ayres-Brown

Antonia Ayres-Brown reports on race and poverty in Newport, Rhode Island for The Public’s Radio, which is based in Providence. She most recently covered state politics and government as an intern in the Chicago Tribune’s Springfield bureau. She also interned with the Toledo Blade and reported on manicurist licensing policy for Connecticut Public Radio. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, where she contributed to The New Journal, a long-form magazine about New Haven. In 2019, she was awarded Yale University’s Gordon Summer Journalism Fellowship to research gender-mixed barracks in the Norwegian Armed Forces. She has written about public policy, sexual violence and criminal justice.