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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Ancient Chinese caves are part of an exhibit at Bryant University exploring archeological sites and art from the northwest region of China. The area is a cultural and religious melting pot because of its proximity to the Silk Road, which connected China to the West. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ximena Conde visited the exhibit and brings us this audio postcard.

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In September, a Foxborough man mowing his lawn was stung by a swarm of insects he identified as bees, before dying of a subsequent heart attack. But some local bee experts say that kind of aggressive behavior is unusual for the pollinators.

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Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents have amassed enough donations meant for Puerto Rico to fill nearly ten cargo ship containers.

But getting those donations to the island following Hurricane Maria is proving difficult. Organizations like The Salvation Army and American Red Cross have been primarily collecting monetary donations.

The Puerto Rican community in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is teaming-up with local businesses to help Puerto Ricans on the island devastated by recent hurricanes.

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Hurricane Jose is predicted to have the greatest impact on the Cape and islands but some Block Island anglers see it as an opportunity for surfcasting, a special kind of fall fishing.

National Hurricane Center

Forecasters predict Hurricane Jose will slowly weaken to a tropical storm as it moves up the coast, although Southeastern New England is still not in the clear.

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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.

National Hurricane Center

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.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee / Department of Defense

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.