In the Easy Chair with Frank Prosnitz

In the Easy Chair with Frank Prosnitz



AGE: 72

OCCUPATION: Journalist. These days I am a radio talk show host and contributor to WhatsUpNewp website. I’ve been an editor at Providence Business News (10 years); public relations manager for Rhode Island Blood Center; and a reporter and bureau manager (14 years) with the Providence Journal.

RESIDENCE:  Warwick.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Westwood and Teaneck, N.J.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Building a following on three radio stations and the web site.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, photography, raquetball.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Professionally: Twice winning ‘Best of Business Awards’ from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers; a series of stories when I was at the Providence Journal that virtually changed the way the state airports were operating.  

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: For being an honest journalist, for being a good father and grandfather.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Trip to Iceland.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Three pens – literally. When I was a young reporter in New Jersey, I covered a strike a oil companies in the middle of a cold winter. In my pocket was my one pen – a bic pen that couldn’t explode in the cold and leave me without a writing implement. From that point on, I’ve carried three pens.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Sports writer.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Several people on many levels. Most inspirational: Dick Tiger, former light heavyweight and middleweight boxing champion; journalistically, Al Johnson, former city editor of the Providence Journal; growing up, my old wrestling coach, Jack Kane; family, my aunt, Sylvia Wiser. 

FAVORITE AUTHORS: John Cheever, John Steinbeck.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Alas Babylon,” by Pat Frank, “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.        

I AM LISTENING TO: All kinds of jazz.

FAVORITE MOVIES: Many, including “The Post,” and “Spotlight.”

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “The Post.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Voice.”

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Cheesburgers.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook and Twitter.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: Dishonesty.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson 

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Westerly – the diversity of the community, from the ocean to a quaint downtown with its variety of small shops.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:  My family.  

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: As a Journal reporter, I spent three days with Ringling Brothers, performing as  clown in the circus.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: From the dozens and dozens of survivors I met during my years at the RI Blood Center: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Be honest with others, and to yourself.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Strive to provide hope and opportunity to those most oppressed.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Secure my family’s future, and bolster charities I trust and believe.

I DRIVE A: Grey 2007 Toyota Camry

I WISH I DROVE A:  Grey 2007 Toyota Camry.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Salad.

IF I COULD ASK ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO I WOULD INVITE: John Steinbeck

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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