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, MO 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 was with Cab Calloway, and it remains the strangest one she’s ever done. 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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Health Care
9:47 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State Gets Mixed Review On Tobacco Prevention

Rhode Island has the third highest cigarette tax in the nation, but lags in funding for prevention, according to the American Lung Association.
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The American Lung Association has given Rhode Island a mixed report card on tobacco control.  While the state has the third highest cigarette tax, it lags behind in funding prevention.

The state got a “B” for its cigarette tax; the third highest in the nation.  The $3.46 in taxes slapped onto a pack of cigarettes has lowered smoking rates.   However it got an “F” for spending on prevention campaigns. 

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu January 22, 2015

RI Gets More Federal Assistance To Help With Heating

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says nearly $2.5 million in federal funding will go toward helping the state’s neediest resident keep the heat on.  That will bring Rhode Island’s total to $27.1 million in federal funding this year. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, helps some 35,000 Rhode Islanders. Many poor residents also get help on their heating bill through the Henry Shelton Act, which places a surcharge on gas and electricity bills. That money goes into a fund to help low-income customers pay their bills.

RI News
5:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

National Grid: $93M Updates Needed On Growing Aquidneck Island

National Grid said the tremendous growth on Aquidneck Island has prompted it to spend $93 million on upgrading its power system there.

The utility said the current system is outdated and will soon be overwhelmed. How outdated is it? Well, one substation was built in 1949.

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RI News
1:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Gas Prices Fall By Double Digits In RI & MA

As you’ve probably noticed, gas prices continue to drop at the pump. In Rhode Island, a gallon of regular unleaded is down 15 cents from last week. And AAA reports prices have dropped by a dime in Massachusetts with the average gallon in both states going for $2.15.

This is the sixth consecutive week for double digit drops.

In Connecticut gas prices are down by twelve cents to land at $2.35 a gallon.

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The Bottom Line
3:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

The Bottom Line: Why Quonset’s Growing, Adding New Jobs

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, news director Catherine Welch and Mark talk with managing director of the Quonset Development Corp, Steven King. They talk about the future growth of Electric Boat, new companies moving into the business park, and the role of the Quonset state airport.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Business
4:48 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Electric Boat Expects To Hire Hundreds Of RI Workers in 2015

Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger tells lawmakers Thursday that EB will hire up to 600 people in 2015
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The president of Electric Boat said there is opportunity ahead for the submarine maker. But there’s concern about the future of federal funding.

In his forecast to lawmakers, Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger said declining defense budgets and cuts out of Washington create an uncertain environment for the company.

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RI News
4:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cicilline’s Public Forum On Immigration Will Highlight Scams

David Cicilline hosts a public forum with fellow congressman Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.
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Congressman David Cicilline is bringing the chair of the congressional Immigration Task Force to Rhode Island Wednesday evening to discuss the president’s executive order on immigration.  The public forum will focus on preventing residents from getting caught up in scams.

That’s been a problem since President Obama issued an executive order back in November that offers a legal reprieve to some in the country illegally and parents with children who are U.S. citizens.

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RI News
5:08 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Faith Leaders, Law Enforcement Pray For Peace

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
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Faith leaders and law enforcement from across the state will gather Tuesday night to pray for peace.

After the shooting deaths of two New York policemen, and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Rev. Robert Marciano thought it would set a tone in Rhode Island if there was a prayer for peace, for law enforcement, and for those who strive for justice.

“The power of prayer can make a difference. And coming together, getting to know each other, as well as praying together is nothing but a win-win for everyone,” said Marciano.

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RI News
1:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gas Prices Continue To Fall in RI, MA & CT

For the 19th week in a row, gas prices have dropped in Rhode Island. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is at $2.30. That’s a dime cheaper than it was a week ago and 45 cents lower than this time last month.

AAA of Southern New England finds Massachusetts drivers are seeing lower prices at the pump as well, with prices falling 11 cents in the past week, putting the average gallon of regular unleaded at $2.25.

Connecticut drivers are still paying more than their Rhode Island neighbors with the average gallon at $2.47.

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RI News
9:33 am
Thu January 8, 2015

U.S. Court Of Appeals To Hear Rhode Island Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston Thursday will hear a case out of Rhode Island. It involves the 2009 detainment of a North Providence woman.  The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the woman was a naturalized citizen at the time.

Ada Morales sued federal immigration officials and Rhode Island’s head of prisons, claiming she was detained illegally when she was taken into custody and held for a day. Rhode Island ACLU Director Steve Brown said the detainment violated her rights to equal protection and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.

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