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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RI News
8:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Police To Host Forum Addressing Community Relations

State Police Captain Steven O'Donnell
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island State Police and a number of organizations are holding a public forum Monday to discuss the gap between law enforcement and minority communities. 

Col. Steven O’Donnell said it’s a chance for law enforcement to explain how they do their job and in return residents can reflect on how police are perceived. “There’s so much that we do that people really don’t know, and I think it’s important that they know what we’re doing. We’re not always going to be perfect, but if we engage that community there’s a better understanding of how we do business,” said O’Donnell.

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RI News
2:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Santander Pledges $24M Loans To Providence Low & Moderate-Income Residents

Mayor Angel Taveras announced back in May the lawsuit against Santander for limiting loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit has been dropped.
Credit File / RIPR

Providence mayor Angel Taveras said he’s thrilled with a pledge from the bank Santander to make millions of dollars of loans to low and moderate-income residents.

The city sued the bank last May claiming it deliberately limited loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit was dropped, and in return Santander gave Providence $1.3 million in grants and now promises to make $24 million in loans over the next three years.

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RI News
12:02 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

RI State Police Hitting The Road Looking For Drunk Drivers

Rhode Island State Police will add troopers to patrols for the holiday starting Friday.
Credit File / RIPR

More troopers will be out on the roads starting Friday cracking down on drunk drivers.

State Police will roll out two initiatives. The first one starts Friday with troopers looking out for aggressive drivers, drivers who are texting, seatbelt violations, and drunk or impaired drivers. That runs through New Year’s Day.

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RI News
9:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

New Data Released On The State's Homeless Population

Last month, hundreds of volunteers fanned out across the state to survey the state’s homeless population. They checked shelters, walked the streets and combed the woods; seeking out homeless residents and asking questions about their health and needs. The data were then compiled and analyzed by homeless advocates. Jim Ryczek executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless shared what they found with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch.

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RI News
2:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gas Prices Continue To Fall In RI, MA & CT

Rhode Islanders are paying an average $2.86 for a gallon of regular unleaded, that's down 63 cents from a year ago.
Credit File / RIPR

Prices continue to fall at the pump, drivers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are all paying less for an average gallon of regular unleaded.

In Rhode Island, it will cost you $2.86 a gallon, that’s a seven-cent drop from last week. Drivers in Massachusetts are paying an average $2.78 a gallon, and Connecticut drivers are paying $3.01, nine cents lower than last week.

This is the 14th straight week that the AAA survey found prices dropping in the Ocean State. A year ago, Rhode Islanders were paying 63 cents more per gallon.

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RI News
8:40 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Local Veterans To Gather For National Wreath Laying Ceremony

A wreath honoring fallen veterans displayed during a recent Veteran's Day.
Credit RIPR FILE

Local veterans will gather at the Statehouse this Monday to remember troops who have died in combat. The ceremony is part of a national event with roots in New England.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

After 80 years Of Dancing Theresa Landry Hangs Up Her Dance Shoes

Theresa Landry has been giving dance lessons since she was a 10-year-old, selling lessons for a dime to help her family get by.
Credit Lydia Rogers/File / RIPR

For more than 80 years, Theresa Landry has taught Rhode Islanders how to dance. But Landry will hang up her tap shoes and close her studio for good Saturday.

For generations, students have tapped and turned at the Theresa Landry Dance Studio on Dexter Street in Pawtucket. But the building’s been sold, forcing Landry to retire. And at 93 years old, she’s ready. “Well I think God is telling me that it’s time for me to have more time for myself and my family,” she said.

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RI News
8:33 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Middletown Officials Working To Bring Broadband Internet To Aquidneck Island

Officials on Aquidneck Island hope to bring broadband internet to Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Officials in Middletown say slow internet speeds are driving away business, and they’re urging  Newport and Portsmouth to help pay for a faster internet for all of Aquidneck Island.

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RI News
5:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Parts Of Blackstone River Valley Could Fall Under National Park System

Parts of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor are moving closer to becoming part of the national park system. Initiatives attached to a defense bill put the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket and two mill towns under the national park system.

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RI News
11:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Rally In Providence Will Focus On Police Violence In Ferguson and Mexico

Protestors will gather in downtown Providence Monday night to put a spotlight on violent police actions against people of color. A loose coalition of residents is organizing the march to express solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri and 43 students missing in Mexico.

Ferguson is where a white police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old. In Mexico, 43 students disappeared. It’s alleged they were killed by a drug gang working with local police.

The march starts at 7:00 pm in Burnside Park in downtown Providence and will make its way up to the Statehouse.

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