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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In an unassuming building about a mile from the Rhode Island Statehouse, there’s a treasure trove of history at the State Archives. Located in downtown Providence, the vast archives house documents dating back centuries.


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Political novice Nika Lomazzo hopes to become the first openly transgender Rhode Island state representative. Lomazzo has never held or run for elected office before. She says she’s only become politically active in the past year and a half, inspired in part by the 2016 election of President Donald Trump.

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Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says time is running out to strike a deal with the PawSox and keep the baseball team in Rhode Island. He says if lawmakers fail to approve the latest proposal on the table, Pawtucket is ready to take matters into its own hands.

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Rhode Island’s homeless population will be especially vulnerable as temperatures remain cold, and space in local shelters is already in short supply.

Shelters swell past capacity in the winter months.

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Rhode Island ranks as the 11th healthiest state, according to a new report released by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

Massachusetts ranks number one.

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Where does a state find $500 million to fix a long backlog of school building repairs? General obligation bonds, that's where. At least that's the recommendation from Rhode Island's School Building Task Force.

Starting next year, the Ivy League University won’t include loans as part of student aid packages. Instead, Brown will offer students scholarships, which they won’t have to pay back.

Once a features reporter for Providence’s NBC affiliate, anchor Matt Lauer has been fired by the network for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” 

Lauer’s co-host on The Today Show, Savannah Guthrie, sounded shaken as she made the announcement Wednesday morning.

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Thanksgiving typically ranks as one of the busiest holidays for road trips and New Englanders are likely to see congested roadways, trains and airport security lines this year.

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Polls opened at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning in Attleboro, New Bedford and Fall River, where residents will decide whether to oust their incumbent mayors, or keep them for another two years.

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The director of the National Endowment for the Humanities met with nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island on Friday, urging them to continue seeking funding from his agency even though it faces an uncertain future.

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New Bedford is one of several cities experiencing a wave of new arrivals from Puerto Rico, following the devastating Hurricane Maria. New Bedford’s mayor, John Mitchell, is asking for state and federal assistance to defray the cost of providing education and housing for the displaced families.

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For centuries classical music composers have been inspired by witches, ghosts, death and the devil. They’ve returned again and again to one instrument in particular to help conjure these spooky themes: the violin.

So what’s the link between Satan and one of the most popular instruments in the world? Music historian Robert Riggs actually devotes an entire chapter to the subject in his book “The Violin.”

Riggs finds the connection actually dates back to medieval times with the separation of sacred and secular music.

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National Grid reports only about 300 customers remain without power as of Friday night. The bulk of the remaining customers are in Providence County. 

According to the latest utility estimates, power should be restored around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. 

More Than 1,500 People Remain Without Power In RI

Despite what National Grid described as round-the-clock efforts, more than 1,500 customers are going into day five with no power, following Sunday’s storm with hurricane strength winds. 

The damage caused by the storm is some of the most disruptive in recent history, according to the utility's website

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Thursday marked the deadline for metro areas across North America to submit bids for Amazon's second headquarters, and Rhode Island enlisted help from some prominent local business leaders and universities for its application.

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