About Us

What’sUpNewp & What’sUpRhodeIsland

What’sUpNewp and What’sUpRhodeIsland are dedicated to covering all that’s happening, new and to do in Newport, Rhode Island, and beyond, from where to enjoy brunch on Sunday to what’s happening at City Hall.

Our sites combine native content with the most valuable content and information from local, regional and national media sources; we are the number one online source in Newport County for information and our readers are the most informed.

What’sUpNetworks was founded in 2009 by Rob Ianelli with the launch of What’sUpMartha, a lifestyle site to keep people in the know of all that was happening. Soon after came the launch of  What’sUpStowe, What’sUpTucket, and in March of 2012, What’sUpNewp.

Ryan Belmore joined the What’sUpNetworks crew in December of 2012 and acquired the company from Rob in February of 2014. Belmore, who lives in Newport, is the sole and independent owner of What’sUpNewp and What’sUpRhodeIsland.

Since 2012, What’sUpNewp has become the leading source for visitors and residents to discover what’s happening, new and to do around Newport, Newport County, and beyond. What’sUpRhodeIsland officially launched in September 2018 and is your new source for what’s up in arts, entertainment, and lifestyle in and around Rhode Island. 

Our Crew

Ryan Belmore

Owner, Publisher, & Editor, What’sUpNewp | Partner, Publisher & Editor, What’sUpRhodeIsland

Ryan has been involved with What’sUpNewp since 2012. Prior to What’sUp, Ryan worked for the American Cancer Society and New England Patriots. Ryan is a life-long Rhode Islander and has proudly called Newport home since 2010. Ryan is currently a Fort Adams Trust Board Member.

Ken Abrams

Contributor, What’sUpNewp  | Partner & Managing Editor, What’sUpRhodeIsland

Managing Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for WhatsUpRI, WhatsUpNewp, Hey Rhody and FolkRadioUK. He also hosts “Free Form Folk,” a bi-monthly radio show on WRIU 90.3 FM.

Tyler Bernadyn

Contributor, What’sUpNewp

Tyler Bernadyn is a local hospitality professional, bartending at Midtown Oyster Bar Wednesday through Sunday nights on the Burgee Bar and at Caleb&Broad on Monday nights for their award winning $10 entree dinner special. Tyler is a graduate of Providence College and a true Rhode Islander, born and bred.

Thom Cahir

Contributor, What’sUpRhodeIsland

Rick Farrell

Photographer & Contributor, What’sUpNewp | Partner & Executive Editor, What’sUpRhodeIsland

Executive Editor Rick Farrell is a photographer and writer for What’sUpRhodeIsland & What’sUpNewp. He is also the owner of Mojo Photography.

Alexander Harrison

Contributor, What’sUpNewp & What’sUpRhodeIsland

Alex Harrison is an emerging film critic getting an English degree in his spare time.

Angela Marandola

Contributor, What’sUpNewp & What’sUpRhodeIsland

Sarah McClutchy

Contributor, What’sUpNewp & What’sUpRhodeIsland

Frank Prosnitz

Reporter & Contributor, What’sUpNewp & What’sUpRhodeIsland

Frank Prosnitz brings several years in journalism, including 10 years as editor of Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal, to the What’sUpNewp team. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sports writer at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz can be heard weekly hosting radio programs on WADK (Newport), WOON (Woonsocket), and WLBQ (Westerly).

Kenneth Proudfoot

Columnist, What’sUpNewp

KENNETH PROUDFOOT, a Newport Tour Escort and Guide, is the author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).

Recent Awards

  1. In May 2018, What’sUpNewp won an Impact-Designated Investigative Grant from Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION). 
  2. In August 2018, What’sUpNewp was named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers.
  3. In August 2019, What’sUpNewp was once again named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers.

What’sUpNewp is a proud member of Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION) and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).

We thank you for stopping by and for your interest in our local independent online news publishing company.

Get in touch with us by emailing Ryan at Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.