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What’s Up Newp more than doubled our readership in 2020 – more than 1,126,470 users visiting our site, racking up more than 3.05 million page views. Our busiest year ever. We published more than 3,612 stories in 2020 – 52% more than in 2019. Many of these stories we broke. Many more of these stories you won’t find anywhere else.

Every story we do is important to us, but here’s a look at what caught the most attention in 2020.


Our readers love for movies and opportunities continues in 2020. Many of you were excited to read about a new movie opportunity coming in 2021.

New HBO series, ‘The Gilded Age’, will film in Newport in early 2021; extras needed


By the time summer and beach season came around earlier this year, many were excited to read about the reopening of Second Beach (and all Rhode Island state beaches).

Parking lot at Second Beach reopens on June 6th

Middletown launches a live traffic cam for Second Beach

All Rhode Island state beaches will open on June 1st


HGTV revealing that the HGTV Dream Home 2021 was in Portsmouth was welcome, fun news in 2020. Our three stories about the HGTV Dream Home have racked up more than 50,000 pageviews. The prize package, valued at over $2.8 million, includes the newly built, fully furnished Portsmouth residence, along with $250,000 from Rocket Mortgage and a 2021 motorhome from Camping World.

Entry period opens for chance to win HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2021 in Portsmouth

HGTV’s 2021 Dream Home located in Portsmouth

HGTV unveils 2021 Dream Home, a 3,300 sq. ft home in Portsmouth


When What’s Up Newp broke the news in March that the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade had been cancelled, due to COVID-19, many were in support of the decision, and many were upset.

Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled amid coronavirus disease concerns


When it came to our most-read stories of the year, those all had to do with our coverage of COVID-19 and information our readers wanted and needed.

Newport County restaurants offering take-out, delivery, outdoor dining (Updating)

List: States with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island

Tracking COVID-19: The latest local, national, and global data

LIVE BLOG – COVID-19: The latest local updates

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He 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.

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

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

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

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.