Rhode Island Monthly readers have voted, and for the third year in a row What’sUpNewp is among their favorites and is where they turn to for news.

What’sUpNewp was among those honored on Thursday night virtually during Rhode Island Monthly’s 27th Annual Best Of Rhode Island Party.

While What’sUpNewp was recognized for the best “Local news blog” in the statewide category, there was a Newport County category where many more of your favorite businesses were recognized..

Earlier this year Rhode Island Monthly surveyed their readers and asked them to name their favorites in a variety of categories, from best restaurant statewide to best free attraction. According to Rhode Island Monthly, there were nearly 100,000 votes in this year’s poll.

This is the third year in a row that What’sUpNewp has been named a Best of Rhode Island winner.

To see a full list of Best of Rhode Island winners, pick up a copy of the September 2020 issues of Rhode Island Monthly.

Thanks to the many Rhode Islanders who contributed their opinions and voted for What’sUpNewp, we thank you and appreciate your support.

Thank you to our amazing team who work tirelessly to bring you all of the news, information, and journalism that you need and care about.

Finally, thank you to you, our readers. Without your support, none of what we do would be possible. Thank you.

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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.