Dan McGowan

Dan McGowan covers Rhode Island politics, education and economic development for the Boston Globe. He joined the staff in 2019 after spending six years with WPRI-TV, where he covered Providence City Hall and schools. He was part of a team that won a New England Emmy award for its investigation into a powerful Democratic state lawmaker who lied about where he was living. He is the author of Rhode Map, a daily briefing on the Ocean State.

Dan lives in Providence and is a board member for Access/RI, a nonprofit that advocates for improving citizen access to government records. In his spare time, he coaches youth baseball.

Latest stories


Plastic knives. Salt packets. Masks. Eating outdoors at a R.I. restaurant was familiar but strange

By , Globe Staff

Restaurants across the state were allowed to open for outdoor dining Monday, so we visited O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill in Warwick. It was different, but it felt all right.

Vacationing in R.I. this summer? You might need to be tested first

By , Globe Staff

If you’re a tourist or second-home owner planning to visit Rhode Island this summer, you might have to start your vacation with a swab up your nose.

In Providence, Mr. Lemon is open. And for just a moment, things are normal again

By , Globe Staff

For 46 years, though spring blizzards, storms that knocked down trees, Mr. Lemon has opened religiously during the first week of April. But the highly contagious coronavirus delayed everything this year.

The Great Divide

When it comes to online learning, two New England neighbors take wildly divergent paths

By Bianca Vázquez Toness and , Globe Staff

The two states epitomize the starkly different approaches states are taking to learning in the era of COVID-19.