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


R.I. attorney general seeks to prosecute more police misconduct cases

By , Globe Staff

As pressure builds on Rhode Island lawmakers to make changes to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, Attorney General Peter Neronha is preparing to unveil his own policy package designed to give his office a front-and-center role in officer misconduct cases.

Rhode Island’s Twin River casino: It looks and smells the same, but the familiarity ends there

By , Globe Staff

Twin River reopened its two casinos in Rhode Island on Monday, minus the smoking, free soft drinks, table games, sports betting, and entertainment that make it worth visiting.


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.