John Bender

John Bender is RIPR's Morning Edition Producer; he researches stories, interviews newsmakers and writes scripts for the morning news.  He also does additional reporting throughout the day for general reporting and special projects.

Police at the University of Rhode Island say more than a dozen cars have been vandalized over the last two weeks on the school’s campus in Kingston.

A total of 14 vehicles have had swastikas or pornographic images scratched into them. Some of the vehicles sustained additional damage including broken mirrors and slashed tires.

URI Chief of Police Stephen Baker says so far, police are still looking for a suspect.

Lilian Calderon spent her first night with her family in Rhode Island after being detained for nearly a month by federal immigration authorities in Massachusetts. 

New Englanders largely missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Jose. It’s moved miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is expected to weaken in those waters. Wind energy advocates say Jose’s path to New England illustrates the ideal location for wind turbines.

With a tropical storm warning in effect for Rhode Island and the South Coast of Massachusetts, stormy waters have already swept several people off rocks in Narragansett. In Newport, officials are warning residents to stay out of the water as Hurricane Jose brings rip tides and heavy surf. But the weather has area surfers hitting the beach.