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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Business
4:01 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Providence Kindles Love Of Horror Writer H.P. Lovecraft

An artists's rendition of pulp-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft is just one example of the author's growing popularity.
The Lovecraft Anthology

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 11:42 am

Pulp-fiction writer Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft has for decades terrified an underground following of readers with horror stories about monsters and aliens. He's known to some as a bad writer, and to many as a racist. Even during the author's lifetime, his readership was limited.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride roll out Operation Holiday Cheer at the RI National Guard Armory in Warwick.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

“Operation Holiday Cheer” was officially launched Wednesday. The Lt. Governor’s Office, Rhode Island National Guard and several organizations and businesses are teaming up to send care packages to Rhode Island guardsmen overseas during the holidays.

Capt. Michael Calcagni got a care package last year. He said it makes difference when you’re away from family during the holidays. “However when you’re away one thing that is always uplifting, no matter what time of year, is mail call,” said Calcagni. “And when you can’t be home and mail brings home to you, it’s even better.”

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RI News
7:02 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Misquamicut Beach, One Year After Superstorm Sandy

Atlantic Avenue was covered in tons of sand after Superstorm Sandy blew across Rhode Island.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

It was one year ago that Superstorm Sandy slammed onto the Rhode Island coast. The storm raked across Misquamicut Beach, destroying businesses and dumping tons of sand onto Atlantic Avenue. 

 

 

The streets are quiet in Misquamicut Beach, mostly the ocean roar and sounds of construction fill the air. Many of the motels and restaurants are closed for the season. But the New Land Motel and Apartments is open. Manager Rinette

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RI News
7:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New Development Brings Dozens of Affordable Homes To North Kingstown

Affordable homes are going up in North Kingstown. The North Cove development is a collection of 38 affordable rental homes just outside Wickford Village. Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing, said there’s a demand for affordable housing outside the state’s urban core.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Hubble The Seal Swims Free Off The Rhode Island Coast

Hubble, a male harbor seal, starts his big adventure at Blue Shutters Beach after spending the summer recovering at the Mystic Aquarium.
Credit Mystic Aquarium

Hubble the seal is swimming free Friday after spending the summer recovering from injuries at the Mystic Aquarium.

Hubble’s journey began on a beach in Maine where researchers found him abandoned by his mother. He made his way to the Mystic Aquarium, and researchers fattened him up and treated problems with his eyes. Those eyes, said the Mystic Aquarium’s Skip Graf, were what made the curious, young seal so special.

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RI News
7:02 am
Fri October 25, 2013

RI Big Brothers Big Sisters Steps In To Help Connecticut Kids

The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State said it was a no-brainer to step in and help after news broke that a chapter in Connecticut announced it was closing.

The chapter covering New London and Groton Connecticut is closing its doors on November 1st. That would have left 50 kids and their mentors in the lurch, but the Rhode Island chapter will supervise those kids, said Deborah Saunders, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

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Transportation
2:59 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rhode Island Joins Group Of States In Zero-Emission Pledge

Fifty charging stations were installed across the state during the summer.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is one of eight states that joined a pledge Thursday to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The pledge comes just weeks after the state installed 50 charging stations.

The pledge calls for more infrastructure to support the millions of electric cars expected to hit the road in the next dozen years. Every car maker is working to have an electric car for sale by 2015, but auto dealers say charging stations are key to getting consumers behind the wheel.

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RI News
4:29 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Providence’s David Ortiz Is Rhode Island’s Little Papi

As the Red Sox prepare for Wednesday night’s World Series opener at Fennway Park, one Rhode Islander is feeling the love being shown Number 34, big slugger David Ortiz.  

David Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter, is known as Big Papi. David Ortiz, the spokesman for Providence’s mayor, is known as Little Papi. “You know it’s funny, Mayor Taveras gave me the nickname Little Papi,” said Ortiz.

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RI News
5:21 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Union-backed Probe Blasts Raimondo's Overhaul of RI Pension

Council 94 paid Forbes.com contributor Ted Siedle $20,000 for a study critical of how State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is managing the state's pension fund.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A report commissioned by the largest state employee union claims Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s overhaul of Rhode Island’s pension system is enriching Wall Street investment managers. 

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Politics
10:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Reed Hopes Government Shutdown Has Not Caused Lasting Damage

Rhode Island's senior senator Jack Reed hopes lasting damage has not been done by the government shutdown.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

U.S Senator Jack Reed said the deal ending the partial government shutdown in the U.S. is long overdue.

“It should have not been contemplated or undertaken in the first place and now we have to get down to real, serious, principled negotiations.”

He added that he hopes the partial shutdown hasn’t caused lasting harm to relationships formed across the aisle in the senate.

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