Newport, RI – Frank Prosnitz and Ryan Belmore from the What’sUpNewp Crew will be interviewing Joe Trillo, Independent Candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, today on The Open Forum on WADK 1540AM. Prosnitz is the host of The Open Forum at 12 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while Belmore is the host of What’sUpNewp Radio edition every weekday at 1 pm.

Longtime Republican State Representative Joe Trillo, expected to announce for governor as a Republican, surprised many observers back at the beginning of December by announcing that he would run as an Independent, assuring at least a three-way general election for governor. Trillo, 74 of Warwick, served as a state representative from 2001 to 2016 and was co-chair of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Rhode Island.

A Republican for at least two decades, Trillo has said that he felt he has a better chance of winning as an Independent, drawing on Independent, Democrat and Republican support. In previous elections, Lincoln Chafee, running as an independent, won the governorship in a four-way race in 2010 with just 36 percent of the vote, and Gov. Gina Raimondo won in a three-way race in 2014 with 41 percent of the vote.

Chafee, meanwhile, has hinted that he too may enter the gubernatorial race, likely as a Democrat. Governor Raimondo will once again run as a Democrat.

Trillo’s somewhat simplifies a Republican gubernatorial primary election. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan have announced, while businessman Giovanni Feroce has said he expects to announce as a Republican candidate for governor, setting up a three-way primary.

The interview focuses on Trillo’s view on a wide variety of local, statewide and national issues.

The interview carry’s over into the first 15 minutes or so of What’sUpNewp Radio Edition (below).

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.