What’s Up with What’sUpNewp:


What’sUpNewp is dedicated to covering all that’s happening, new and to do in Newport County, from where to enjoy brunch on Sunday to what’s happening at City Hall.  What’sUpNewp combines native content with the most valuable content and information from local, regional and national media sources; we are the number one online source in Newport County for information and our readers are the most informed. Since 2012, the site has become the leading source for tourists and locals to discover “what’s up” around the City-By-The-Sea.

What’sUpNetworks was founded in 2009 by Rob Ianelli with the launch of What’sUpMartha, a lifestyle site to keep people in the know of all that was happening. Soon after came the launch of  What’sUpStowe, What’sUpTucket, and in March of 2012, What’sUpNewp.

Ryan Belmore joined the What’sUpNetworks crew in December of 2012 and acquired the company from Rob in February of 2014, Belmore continues as this day as the sole owner and editor of the company.

“Like Wilder’s character, Theophilus North, who capably navigated Newport’s “nine cities” of the1920’s, Ryan Belmore adeptly gives voice to the many dimensions of 21 st century Newport. The What’sUpNewp platform keenly uncovers and chronicles issues of import. Ryan offers value in his ever-vigilant attempt to keep Newport’s political, commercial, social, and neighborhood/civic scenes top of mind and relevant to his many audiences.” ~ Beth Cullen, Co-founder of RI STEAM Academy, Former President of the Point Association of Newport, Vocal Citizen for Positive Change and Mac’s Mom

What’sUpNewp Overview & Audience Snapshot:


What we do

We publish 5-10 stories a day on www.whatsupnewp.com, send a handcrafted newsletter each morning at 5:00 a.m. and do original reporting straight to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. More than likely, you can catch someone from our team out and about in The City-By-The-Sea attending an event or supporting our arts and entertainment scene.

“I found the publication of What’s Up Newport to be a very positive experience. Their audience is informed, and diversified. I find myself looking forward to seeing their news on a daily basis. It has been helpful to residents’ and businesses keeping the public “in the know” about events, government, and activities which are occurring throughout Newport and the County.” – Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Newport City Councilor At-Large, Former Mayor

How large are we?

  • Monthly Unique Visitors: 45,000+
  • Monthly Page views: 120,000+
  • Daily Newsletter Subscribers: 11,000+
  • Facebook Followers: 20,500+
  • Instagram Followers: 6,700+
  • Twitter Followers: 5,150+


The What’sUpNewp Crew:


Ryan Belmore – A life-long Rhode Islander, Belmore uses his diverse career and life opportunities to put a unique spin on the content that is created on both sites. Belmore grew up around firefighting and spent many years as a volunteer/paid First Responder in Coventry, later he went on to obtain a degree in Fire Science. In a completely random move, Belmore would go on to work for the New England Patriots for almost nine years, before “retiring” in 2010. Belmore has since hosted a radio talk show on AM 1540 WADK Newport (currently What’sUpNewp Radio Edition every weekday at 1 pm), worked for the American Cancer Society and has been an active volunteer, donor and advocate for the American Cancer Society, St. Baldrick’s and many other non-profits. Belmore was the social media coordinator for the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, he currently serves on the Board Of Directors for the Fort Adams Trust.

Frank Prosnitz – Has spent a better part of his career in journalism, initially as a sports and news reporter in New Jersey for two years; for 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence Journal; and for a decade as editor of Providence Business News (PBN). During his tenure at PBN, Prosnitz was recognized as among the six best business weeklies in North America by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and twice he won SABEW’s best in business awards. Additionally, he has won investigative reporting and writing awards from the New England and Rhode Island Press Associations, and twice won Media Advocate of the Year from the Small Business Administration. Prosnitz has also operated his own public relations business, served as press secretary to the Rhode Island General Treasure and as communications manager for the Rhode Island Blood Center.

Tyler Bernadyn – Tyler is a local hospitality professional, bartending at Midtown Oyster Bar Wednesday through Sunday nights on the Burgee Bar and at Caleb & Broad on Monday nights. Tyler is a graduate of Providence College and a true Rhode Islander, born and bred.

Sarah McClutchy – Sarah graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Journalism, her work has been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and online sources.

Other Contributors Include: Jillian Tullgren, Bobby Forster, Sean McNeill, Patrick Murphy, Morgan Macia and Sarah Fimple.

Have a question for any member of the What’sUpNewp Crew? E-mail Ryan@whatsupnewp.com

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