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
3:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Osram Sylvania Plant To Close In Central Falls

Lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania has announced it will close its plant in Central Falls. The company said the closing is due to changes in the light bulb industry.

Osram Sylvania said it needs to close the Central Falls plant so it can focus on its move from traditional lighting to solid-state lighting, such as LED light bulbs.

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RI News
2:45 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Police Probe Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against PC Players

Providence College basketball has made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade.
Credit Providence College

An allegation of sexual assault involving members of the Providence College basketball team is casting a pall over the school’s trip to the NCAA Tournament.

A female student has reported that she was allegedly assaulted by two freshmen. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Providence police are now investigating.

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Transportation
5:18 am
Wed March 19, 2014

RI Turnpike Authority: May Need To Raise Pell Bridge Tolls

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it might need to raise tolls on Newport Pell Bridge and give the Sakonnet and Jamestown bridges to the state.
Credit Ryan T. Conaty

The head of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is warning lawmakers that if they extend a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge, then it may need to return the bridge to the state.

In a letter to lawmakers authority chairman David Darlington said pushing the expiration of the Sakonnet’s 10-cent toll from April 1st to July 1st may force the authority to consider returning the Sakonnet and Jamestown bridges to the state and raise tolls on the Newport Pell Bridge.

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Health Care
1:27 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lead Levels in RI Children Dropped In 2013

There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.

Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free.  Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.

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Transportation
10:59 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge

The ten cent tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge are set to expire April 1st.
Credit RIPR FILE

The House Finance Committee will take up legislation Tuesday centered on funding bridge repair and keeping tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. Lawmakers also want to hang on to the bridge's current ten-cent toll for a few more months.

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Health Care
12:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nearly 20K Enroll On RI Exchange As Lawmakers Debate Its Future

The latest numbers out of the state's health insurance exchange show most residents are enrolling in Medicaid and And many of those who have enrolled in private health insurance are getting financial assistance to help pay for their coverage.

 

New numbers show nearly 20,000 Rhode Islanders have signed up for insurance on HealthSource RI, the state's insurance exchange. Meanwhile, almost 49,000 have enrolled in a state-paid Medicaid plan. The numbers also show 133 small businesses have enrolled to offer their employees and families coverage through the exchange.

 

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

RI Archaeologists May Partner With Australians To Locate Capt. Cook's Endeavor

An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.

 

British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.

 

The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.

 

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RI News
1:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

RI Food Bank Graduates Another Class Of Culinary Students Ready To Work

A dozen students receiving culinary job training at the Rhode Island Food Bank graduate Friday evening. The program takes highly motivated low-income residents and trains them to work in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

 

The Food Bank launched the program 17 years ago, it's currently held in a modern industrial kitchen built at their site. As part of the 14-week program, cooking students prepare 600 hot meals a day for children in after-school programs in Providence. The Food Bank said this graduating class has made about 22,000 meals for school kids.

 

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RI News
6:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Wrong-way Detection Systems Going Up Along RI Highways

Rhode Island highway just outside Providence.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said a growing number of deadly wrong-way accidents has prompted it to invest in an alert system that should be up and running by the end of the summer

With one death already this year, and three last year RIDOT said deadly accidents caused by wrong-way drivers are growing not just in Rhode Island but around the country. So it's installing 20 detection systems that will first alert a driver through signs that they are going the wrong way, and after that the system alerts other drivers and police.

 

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RI News
4:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

OSHA Cites East Providence Wood Pellet Company For Explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an East Providence company for serious workplace safety violations. It's the result of an investigation into an explosion that happened last August.

Back in August, wood dust caught fire and caused an explosion at Inferno Wood Pellet in East Providence. The fire spread through the building, injuring a worker and destroying part of the building.

 

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