Talia Blake

Morning Edition Producer

Talia joined RIPR in February 2018 as the Morning Edition Producer.  She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Before starting at RIPR, she was an intern at public radio station WMFE in Orlando. Originally from Connecticut, Talia is no stranger to New England. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie and enjoys working out.

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If you have a cellphone, you’ve probably received a call from a scam artist. And Rhode Island Officials say it’s not just the elderly falling victim.

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North Smithfield's Town Council will revisit a previously approved nonbinding resolution to boycott Nike products because of public backlash.

Town Council President John Beauregard said Wednesday he has called a special meeting for Monday to make a motion to recall the vote, which passed by a 3-2 vote earlier this week.

The resolution brought immediate criticism from the state's NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union,  whose director called it "a disdain for both freedom and equality."

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On September 11, 2001, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks against the U.S. killed nearly 3,000 people. 

On Tuesday, the Naval War College in Newport will honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks, paying special tribute to three students and eight alumni killed in the Pentagon.

The remembrance will include a wreath laying at the school’s Patriots Memorial, which consists of a section of limestone removed from a damaged area of the Pentagon engraved with the 11 victims’ names.

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Students, faculty, and community members came together Friday afternoon to remember 15-year-old William Parsons, the Providence high school student who was shot and killed in front of a public high school on Wednesday. 

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Teachers, students, and police milled quietly around Central High School and Providence Career and Technical Academy Thursday morning, the day after a shooting claimed the life of a student outside the two schools.


Brown University is getting criticism from the left and the right after removing a press release about a professor’s research on transgender teens. The professor’s findings suggested that some adolescents may decide they’re transgender because of peer pressure or internet influences. 

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As of September 1, Rhode Island will officially have two full-scale casinos, operating table games like poker and black jack. Twin River Casino held a ribbon cutting Thursday for its new location in Tiverton, where gambling opens to the public on Saturday. 

Unwrapping The New Facility

The ribbon cutting marks the completion of a 85,000-square-foot casino near Rhode Island’s border with Fall River. 

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Movie producers are looking for extras in Fall River. And some local residents have been taking their shot at 15 seconds of stardom, while others are searching for one specific star.

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Art lovers will soon have the chance to bid for an original oil painting by French impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir. Cranston-based auctioneer Bruneau & Co. will make Renoir's Portrait of Gabrielle leaning on her hand the centerpiece for an auction scheduled tenatively for November. 

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Teachers from Massachusetts and Connecticut will find it easier to get jobs in Rhode Island, under a new proposal from Rhode Island's Education Commissioner. This is one of several ways he is trying to combat labor shortages in education.

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Providence is reactivating school zone speed cameras after the program generated an outcry earlier this year. 

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Although Bird electric scooters are already dispersed across Providence, the city said it will begin a year-long scooter-sharing pilot August 17th.

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Bird is the word…if you’re 60’s rock band The Trashmen, but not if you’re a city official looking to regulate rentable scooters.

When the company Bird dropped its scooters in Cambridge unannounced, city officials ordered them off the streets by August 3rd. Somerville soon followed with a cease and desist letter. However, in Providence the company doesn’t appear to have ruffled as many feathers.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced her plans for the state's clean energy future on Tuesday. 

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U.S. Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island is introducing a bill that would ban the 3-D printing of plastic firearms, in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to allow a Texas-based company, Defense Distributed, to publish downloadable blueprints of 3-D guns online.

A judge has temporarily blocked the company from publishing the blueprints.