Catherine Welch

News Director

Catherine Welch is news director at Rhode Island Public Radio. Before her move to Rhode Island in 2010, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, NC. She was also news director at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri where she was a faculty member at the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. Catherine has won several regional Edward R. Murrow awards and awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., New England AP, North Carolina Press Association, Missouri Press Association, and Missouri Broadcasters Association.

Now that she manages a full newsroom she files less regularly for NPR’s All Things ConsideredMorning Edition and Weekend Edition.  In 2009 she was part of an NPR series on America’s Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, NC following Marine families during the battalion’s deployment to southern Afghanistan. And because Wilmington was the national test market for the digital television conversion, she became a quasi-expert on DTV, filing stories for NPR on the topic.

Catherine got her start in radio at her family’s radio station in Florida with her weekly jazz show "Catherine Keeping You Company." Her very first interview with Cab Calloway remains the strangest one she’s ever done, and she will gladly tell you the story should you ask.

Before joining the public radio family, Catherine worked in television at KTVU in Oakland, CA and at the cable technology network formerly known as TechTV.

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RI News
3:54 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashoka Mukpo: Went Weeks Not Knowing If I’d Survive Ebola

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola is asking the public to give him space and privacy as he leaves a Nebraska hospital today and heads home to Providence. Ashoka Mukpo spent two and a half weeks in isolation to treat the deadly virus.

Doctors at The Nebraska Medical Center said age was the main factor as to why the 33-year-old recovered more quickly than the Massachusetts doctor whom they also treated.

At a press conference, University of Nebraska Medical Center chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold read a statement by Mukpo filled with gratitude for his medical care.

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Health Care
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhode Islander Diagnosed With Ebola Better, Set To Be Released

Ashoka Mukpo is free of the Ebola virus, and is scheduled to be released from isolation Wednesday.
Credit facebook

The Rhode Islander who was the fifth American to return to the US to be treated for Ebola, is virus-free. Doctors say he will be released from isolation this morning.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:24 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Republican Fung Campaigning To Be Rhode Island’s First Asian-American Governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung works the crowd at a Sons of Italy event in West Warwick.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a photograph on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s desk of his first inauguration. He’s being sworn into the mayor’s office he has the family Bible and his parents are by his side. “I can see the pride in my mom’s eyes, in my dad’s eyes as I was getting sworn in,” said Fung.

He looks at this photo almost every day, “and it just reminds me of who I am and how far they’ve come, and because of what they did I’m where I am.”

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Rhody Votes 2014
3:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Mitt Romney Helps GOP Gov. Candidate Fung Raise Money In Rhode Island

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talk with the press after a fundraiser in the Biltmore Hotel.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Some 150 people showed up for fundraiser featuring former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. The Fung campaign said the event with the former GOP presidential candidate is estimated to have raised more than $50,000.

Romney said he’s endorsed Fung since the primary because Fung will improve schools and help people get better jobs.  Romney said the national Republican Party thinks the governor’s race is a race Fung can win.

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Governor's Race
9:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Raimondo Picks Up Endorsement From President Barack Obama

Gina Raimondo at the announcement of her run for governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

President Obama has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  

Raimondo’s campaign detailed the president’s support in a statement.  President Obama says Raimondo has the business experience to create jobs, and the ability to bring people together to solve tough problems.  The president was slated to appear at Rhode Island College Thursday, but canceled to focus on the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is due to visit Providence Thursday to campaign for Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung.

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Rhody Votes 2014
10:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Much Of The Brown University Debate Focused On Cianci’s Past

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza and Daniel Harrop at the Brown University debate.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three men vying to be the next mayor of Providence debated Wednesday night at Brown University. The debate was organized by the Taubman Center at Brown University.

Buddy Cianci is one of those candidates and as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch reports, the debate focused not just on the city’s future but on its past including decisions made during Cianci’s nearly 22 years as mayor.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

RI Gov. Candidates Encouraged By Latest Poll Numbers

The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.

The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.

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RI News
2:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Woman Who Tossed White Powder in U.S. Attorney’s Office In Custody

Emergency crews respond to an incident at the U.S. Attorney's Office where a woman tossed white powder into the lobby.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A woman is in custody after throwing white powder in the lobby of the U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown Providence. The woman entered the office at around 11:00am Wednesday, had a brief conversation with a security guard, then tossed the white powder.

That prompted an evacuation, said the U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Jim Martin. He said Providence police, fire, state police and a hazmat unit responded to the incident.

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Politics
9:39 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Differ On The Future Of HealthSource RI

Healthsource RI

The two candidates running for lieutenant governor differ on what should be done with the state’s health insurance exchange HealthSource RI. Right now federal dollars are funding the exchange, but soon Rhode Island will have to come up with $20 million to keep it running.

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Politics
8:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Political Heavy Hitters To Stop By Rhode Island This Month

Election Day is three weeks from Tuesday, and some big names in politics will visit Rhode Island in the final stretch. Thursday will be a big day with President Barak Obama coming to talk about the economy.  There’s no word on whether he will stump for democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  Also in the state on Thursday, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign for Raimondo’s rival Republican Allan Fung. Romney endorsed Fung in the primary, and Fung says he’s thankful for Romney’s support.

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