Funeral arrangements announced for legendary Rhode Island reporter Jim Taricani


Jim Taricani’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road, Kingston, Rhode Island with burial immediately following at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island.

In addition, the family is announcing that a lecture series on First Amendment Rights is being established at the University of Rhode Island in Jim’s memory by his wife, Laurie White-Taricani. 

“Journalistic integrity and ethics were deeply important to Jim. Throughout his career, he was a champion of the news media’s First Amendment Rights. He knew that protecting those rights is critically important — not only for journalists, but for all of us,” said White-Taricani, who earned a Journalism Degree, herself, from the University of Rhode Island. 

“Journalists bring sunlight to the stories that otherwise may stay hidden in the shadows. It is my hope that this lecture series will continue his legacy of inspiring the next generation of ethical and responsible journalists.” 

“In honor of Jim Taricani, we are proud to host this lecture series on the First Amendment — one of the most defining characteristics of American society for which Jim was a staunch defender and advocate,” said Adam David Roth, Ph.D., Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media.  

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to join in honoring Jim’s legacy may direct contributions to:

Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights

URI Foundation

PO Box 1700

Kingston, RI 02881


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