Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement today in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 

“Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was Dr. King who said that life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ His message of compassion and unity, of overcoming obstacles to build a more just and equal society, is as important today as ever.

“Over the past year, we have been reminded once again of the breadth and magnitude of racism embedded in our society. But we have also been inspired by a renewed call to action — by a new generation ready to take up the mantle and continue Dr. King’s fight. Today, let us recommit to honoring his legacy by pushing the arc of the moral universe a little closer to justice.”

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.