While Ted Nesi is best known for writing about political news in Rhode Island, he also often ends up in the news himself. On January 9, the Providence Phoenix published an article titled “WPRI’s ambitious play for the Ocean State’s screens” featuring Nesi. With the Providence Journal’s decision to create a pay wall (accessible to paying subscribers) last year, WPRI, where Nesi works, hopes to provide more free coverage for Rhode Island. Nesi’s blog will help to provide much of this coverage, as it has in the past. As the first blogger for WPRI, Nesi has made an impact in the world of Rhode Island political coverage and is the face of the future for WPRI’s ambitious endeavor, according to the news article. Nesi’s own ambition has paid dividends for the station in the past. After stints with the Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Mass.) and Providence Business News as a print reporter and website editor, Nesi pitched his idea of starting a local political blog with the depth and readablility of Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein’s national political blog to then WRPI general manager Jay Howell. Howell, now vice president for regional television for LIN Media, the Providence-based company that owns WPRI and 42 other television stations across the country, talked about Nesi’s pitch in the article: “I still have the email, it’s really terrific: ‘you should hire me, here’s why.’” While Nesi originally was not scheduled to appear on television as a blogger, his blogging on Rhode Island’s pension reform and the collapse of tax-supported 38 Studios video-game company brought him on air. He currently is a regular panelist on Newsmakers and has his own show, Executive Suite, where he talks with local business leaders. Also, in 2011, Politico.com listed Nesi as one of 50 political observers to watch in the blogger category. The national spotlight on his work began while he was still at Wheaton, where he graduated summa cum laude. His senior honor thesis on Senator Edward Kennedy was cited by the late senator himself in his book True Compass: A Memoir.
Lindsay Powell, a sociology major who is minoring in political science, is preparing for a career in international human rights policy. During her time at Wheaton, the Student Government Association president and Posse Scholar has gained a great deal of valuable experience in the ways of the world through her travels.