Ximena Conde

Morning Edition Producer

Ximena started as RIPR's Morning Edition producer in January of 2017.  She researches, reports and produces stories you hear every morning.

She got her public radio bearings in Chicago, where she was a production assistant for the WFMT Radio Network where she helped out on classical music shows in development.

Ximena attended Rutgers University where she completed a B.S. in Supply Chain Management - best explained as "procurement and logistics."  A New York City native, her favorite state to live in is Rhode Island. 

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If you’ve made your way to the outskirts of downtown Providence lately, you may have noticed thousands of sunflowers growing on empty plots of land by the riverfront. The pop-up garden is highlighted in this year’s “Design Week RI,” a series of events showcasing the state’s design sector. RIPR’s Ximena Conde visited the sunflowers, and found an exploration of nature in the urban landscape.

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Large swells are expected to continue in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts this week as Hurricane Jose makes its way to the East Coast. 


A two-day conference on “smart cities” will convene Thursday in New Bedford, drawing 20 mayors from across the U.S., including several from New England cities.


A majority of Rhode Island’s students are learning in facilities considered below par. That’s according to an independent report commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Education released Wednesday.

Pharmaceutical company Alexion announced Tuesday it will close its plant in Smithfield, taking 250 jobs with it. 

The Smithfield site made a drug known as Solaris, which can treat two genetic disorders, including a rare blood disease. But Alexion CEO Ludwig Hantson said the manufacturing facility does not fit company’s plans for the upcoming launch of new medicines.

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Decommissioned railroad tracks in Fall River could be in use again within the next two years. The lines run from Battleship Cove to the Tiverton border and would be used for freight traffic only.


Joining forces with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is the latest lawmaker to announce plans to co-sponsor legislation to create a single-payer health system.

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Commemorations for 9/11 began Sunday in New England with a race in Massachusetts.

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Amazon, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, is looking to open a second headquarters in North America. Rhode Island officials say the Ocean State will throw its hat into the ring in what is likely to become a competitive race for the company among U.S. cities.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveiled the first of ten so-called giving meters Thursday, making Rhode Island's capital the latest city to adopt refurbished parking meters as tools aimed at helping residents in need.

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The Ocean State tied with New Hampshire for the 10th lowest adult obesity rate in the country at 26.6 percent in 2016. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the disease prevention non-profit Trust for America’s Health. The report finds that adult obesity rates are leveling off nationwide.


According to a report by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, a nonprofit defense industry trade group, Rhode Island’s defense industry generated close to $147 million in tax revenue in 2016.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo headed to Denver, Colorado Thursday to meet with the CEO of the workforce development company Skillful. According to a spokesman, Raimondo is slated to discuss the potential for collaboration with Rhode Island.  


With many Houston neighborhoods still under water, Rhode Island Air National Guard troops remain on standby, ready to head to the Gulf Coast in a matter of hours.

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An annual gathering of defense industry experts and contractors kicked off in Newport Monday.