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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A new study reports a 46 percent increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths from 2014 to 2016 in Rhode Island. The study was authored by researchers at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.


Brown University is joining 11 other universities in pledging to reduce their institutions’ carbon footprint following the U.S. withdrawal of the Paris Climate Accord.

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On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the former director of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Robert Kando.


The iconic termite Nibbles Woodaway has been vandalized. In case you didn’t know his name, Nibbles is more informally known as the Big Blue Bug, perched on a rooftop overlooking I-95 in Providence.

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A Rhode Island bill meant to speed up large real estate development projects is stirring debate between lawmakers and town planners.


Six people ticketed while protesting a Cranston ordinance that bans panhandling will have their day in municipal court Tuesday.

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State leaders and members of the scientific community are expressing concern after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. At a White House press conference Thursday,  the President said the U.S. would exit the 190-nation agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The only other nations that remain outside of the agreement are Nicaragua and Syria.

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With Memorial Day over, the summer tourism season is now underway. Industry experts have high hopes for the coming months. According the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, about 40 percent of all tourist spending in the state happens between June and August.

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The landlord for the Warwick theater space previously used by the Ocean State Theatre Company, Stephen Soscia, says he will try and honor contracts other groups had with the space. 

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The Rhode Island Senate voted in favor of various bills Tuesday, two of which provide greater protection to women from insurance companies.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Thursday, creating the Homeland Security Advisory Board, in an on-going effort to make sure Rhode Island is protected from cyber threats. 

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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of what AAA calls the official driving season, and New England residents can expect an increase in people on the roads.


The push for the ordinance moves forward following an 8 to 5 Providence City Council vote in favor of the proposal, Wednesday – the second of two votes required for the ban to pass. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has said he plans to veto the ordinance, but that could be overridden if 10 councilors vote in favor of the ban.


Advocates for stricter gun laws are scheduled to gather at the Statehouse Tuesday.

The event, organized by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, is part of a push for the passage of several bills, including a prohibition on guns in schools.  

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Providence City Councilors will consider changing their governing rules, during a special council meeting Monday night. It would allow for the removal of the council president any time during his or her term with a two-thirds majority vote.