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Projo Takes Another Hit: Fitzpatrick Leaves for Post at Roger Williams University

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

 

The Projo's Ed Fitzpatrick is leaving for a post at Roger Williams University.

Providence Journal veteran Ed Fitzpatrick is leaving to be Roger Williams University's new Director of Media and Public Relations, effective October 5. 

Fitzpatrick joins RWU after 28 years as a reporter, editor and columnist, including 16 years at The Providence Journal and eight years as its political columnist. 

“I’ve been watching a compelling story unfold at Roger Williams University, and I am looking forward to being part of this ambitious effort,” said Fitzpatrick.

SLIDES: Where Former Projo Stars are Today

“Far from the ivory tower, the University is meeting Rhode Islanders where they live – in places such as Central Falls and Pawtucket. As a native Rhode Islander, I find that approach inspiring," continued Fitzpatrick. "As a journalist who has chronicled the state’s challenges over the years, I find that approach most welcome.”

RWU on Fitzpatrick 

“We recognized that we needed a strong and unimpeachable voice to carry the message that RWU is building the university the world needs now, through a set of programs and initiatives quite unlike what people have historically expected from universities,” said Roger Williams President Donald J. Farish. “I can think of no better or more respected person to deliver that message than Ed Fitzpatrick.” 

 

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Philip Terzian

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Jennifer Levitz

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Kevin Sullivan

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C.J. Chivers

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Cynthia Needham

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Steve Peoples

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