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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Politics
9:21 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Developer May Try Again To Bring Table Games To Newport

Table games are not coming to Newport Grand, at least for the time being.
Credit RIPR FILE

Developer Joe Paolino says he’ll try again to bring table games to Newport. Voters approved turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino, but Newporters voted it down. 

Massachusetts voters gave gambling there a thumbs up. And that will hurt the slot parlor, said Paolino “You know right now I’m more concerned about the workers, because the workers are the ones that really put up this fight, they’re very concerned about their jobs.”

Proponents pushed the jobs angle; while opponents said a casino didn’t fit in Newport.

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Unofficial Buddy Cianci Biographer Looks At The Politician's Past And Future

Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci has made a second comeback, as he attempts to with the Providence Mayor's seat for a third time.
Credit RIPR FILE

To take a closer look at the Providence mayor’s race, we brought in Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mike Stanton … who is considered by many the unofficial biographer of Buddy Cianci. A twice convicted felon, Cianci is running again for mayor. As part of our Rhody Votes election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Stanton to talk about Cianci’s past and whether it is prologue.

For all of our election coverage, visit the Rhody Votes page at our website here.

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Health Care
4:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Ebola Patient Ashoka Mukpo: There Were Times When I Didn't Know If I'd Survive

Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo left The Nebraska Medical Center, where he was treated for Ebola, after spending about ten days in isolation.
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

There were times when Ashoka Mukpo didn’t know if he would survive Ebola. Mukpo spent about two and a half weeks in a Nebraska hospital after coming down with Ebola while working as a freelance cameraman in Liberia

He is now back home in Providence.

Mukpo said even thought his symptoms got worse, he knew he was in good hands. After about twelve days he could see in his doctors’ eyes that he was probably going to make it.  “I felt that it was manageable, I never felt serious panic coming from any of the nurses,” he said. “So I felt that I was in relatively good hands.”

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Politics
9:23 am
Tue October 28, 2014

New Poll CBS/NY Times Poll Finds Raimondo With Lead Over Fung

Democrat Raimondo still maintains a lead over Republican challenger Allan Fung.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new CBS/New York Times poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo leading Republican Allan Fung.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:13 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: GOP Mayoral Candidate Dan Harrop On Why Providence Needs Receivership

Republican candidate running for mayor of Providence, Daniel Harrop, says the city needs to tap its universities to help its struggling public schools.
Credit File / RIPR

As part of our Rhody Votes election coverage, we’re taking a look at the Providence mayor’s race. The Republican, Daniel Harrop, has rolled out an unorthodox campaign: its cornerstone is to put the city into

receivership, he’s used his time in debates to criticize independent Buddy Cianci, is weighing the option of dropping out of the race, and made a thousand dollar donation to his Democratic challenger Jorge Elorza.

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Rhody Votes 2014
8:45 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

GOP Mayoral Candidate Harrop Considers Dropping Out Of Race

Republican Daniel Harrop previously said he would not drop out of the Providence Mayoral race, but a new poll showing he has only 3 percent of the vote could change his mind.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Republican running in the Providence mayor's race said he's considering dropping out of the race. Daniel Harrop said his three percent showing in the Brown University Taubman Center poll released Thursday forced him to consider the option.

Harrop said he will meet with his team to discuss how bowing out would affect the race, before making a decision. Harrop has sharply criticized independent Buddy Cianci, a former mayor and twice convicted felon.  

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RI News
3:54 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

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

Ashoka Mukpo embraces healthcare workers who helped him during his two week recovery in isolation at the Nebraska Medical Center.
Credit Taylor Wilson / Nebraska Medical Center

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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