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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Awards
4:19 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

RTDNA News Series Mix for Region 10

In less than 20 years, a quarter of Rhode Island's population will be 60 and older.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Public Radio looks at what this expanding older population means for all of us.

Here is a montage of some of the dozen stories that ran in our series Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Business
10:31 am
Thu February 6, 2014

CVS Caremark Drops Tobacco, Wants To Be Your Health Provider

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:59 am

Smokers are shrugging off the announcement that CVS will stop selling tobacco products. The company announced the move on Wednesday as part of a strategy to promote healthy choices. But more than half of cigarettes are sold at gas stations, so the company's decision is unlikely to have much of an impact on access to tobacco.

Health Care
8:48 am
Wed February 5, 2014

CVS Pulling Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Off Its Shelves

Rhode Island based CVS-Caremark has announced it will pull all tobacco products off its shelves by October 2014.
Credit CVS

Rhode Island based CVS-Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores starting this year. CVS said it is the first national chain to make this move.

The goal is to have cigarettes and other tobacco products off the shelves at its more than 7,600 stores by October 1st. CVS-Caremark’s CEO calls selling tobacco inconsistent with the store’s purpose.

CVS plans to launch a smoking cessation program in the spring, offering information on how to quit and treatment at its pharmacies.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet

A plow shovels out the snow in downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

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Environment
4:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Edgewood Yacht Club Looking To Rebuild In Cranston

The Edgewood Yacht Club clubhouse before it was destroyed by a fire.
Credit Ericka Smith / flickr

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.

The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.

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Politics
9:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates

Sen. Jack Reeds holds a press conference after the Senate passed legislation that delays flood insurance rate hikes.
Credit Courtesy: Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

George Wein: Pete Seeger Is The Heart of the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein says Pete Seeger's legacy will be "the power of song."
Credit file / RIPR

Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.

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Politics
10:24 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Sec. Of State Ralph Mollis Kicks Off Campaign For Lt. Governor

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is running for Lt. Governor
Credit Office of the Secretary of State

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis officially kicked off his campaign Monday for Lt. Governor.  One of Mollis’s goals is to put the lieutenant governor and governor on a single ticket.

And that would require changing the state’s constitution, which means voters would have to decide whether they want their governors and lieutenant governors running on a single ticket. Mollis said linking the two offices would turn a lieutenant governor into a more formal advisor to the governor.

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Politics
9:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The Union Address

Four Rhode Islanders are joining the congressional delegation for tonight’s State of the Union Address.

Rhode Island’s senior Sen. Jack Reed’s guest will be Anne Nolan, president of the non-profit homeless agency Crossroads RI. Sen.

Sheldon Whitehouse is bringing businessman Scott DePasquale, the CEO of Utilidata, a company that moved to Rhode Island from Washington state two years ago.

Over in the House, Congressman Jim Langevin’s guest is Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods, a Burrillville company specializing in gourmet Italian meats.

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Business
5:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1 Percent

In December, Rhode Island's labor force totaled 550,500.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s jobless rate ticked up in December to land at 9.1 percent, that’s up from 9 percent in November.

During the late summer and fall, Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate had been gradually ticking down. But the seasonally adjusted rate for December reverses that course, inching up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. 

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