On a night where they are hosting their 2019 Spring Gala at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, The Public’s Radio made an announcement that they have plans to make Newport a permanent home.

Torey Malatia, CEO of Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR), dba The Public’s Radio, and Andrea Rounds, Executive Director of the Newport Performing Arts Center (NPAC) announced that their organizations have reached a tentative agreement to share space in the offices of the Newport Performing Arts Center at 11 Touro Street on Washington Square in Newport, Rhode Island. The office suite is next door to the 1867 Opera House Theater, which NPAC is restoring and adapting to a state-of-the-art multi-purpose theater.

“It’s a great fit. The Public’s Radio and NPAC share the same mission to build bridges in our communities,” said Torey Malatia in a statement, who is establishing three regional news bureaus in the Rhode Island region to provide more in-depth reporting. The Public’s Radio opened a South Coast bureau in New Bedford in mid-March. Malatia hopes the Newport bureau will open within the year, followed by a South County bureau in Westerly, RI.

“We hope that sharing offices will be just the start of a long-term, meaningful collaboration,” said Andrea Rounds in a statement. “Both organizations are committed to contributing to the civic, cultural and economic health of Newport’s diverse communities.”

In a letter to listeners, supporters, and members on October 11, 2018, RIPR announced that they were now to be known as “The Public’s Radio”.

For more information on The Public’s Radio, visit www.thepublicsradio.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).