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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Political Roundtable
4:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Political Roundtable: Rep. Abney on Newport Grand, Speaker Mattiello & The Sale Of The Projo

Rep. Marvin Abney joins the Political Roundtable to discuss bringing table games to Newport and bringing more minorities to the Statehouse.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The odds of table games coming to Newport, the sale of The Providence Journal, and diversity in the General

Assembly – those are the topics this week on the Political Roundtable with our guest Newport Rep. Marvin Abney and special host Rhode Island Public Radio news director Catherine Welch.

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Health Care
4:17 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Lifespan Hits Employees Who Use Tobacco With Surcharge

Lifespan, one of Rhode Island's largest employers, is implementing a new policy that will make employees who use tobacco products pay a surcharge.

The policy will tack on an extra $600 a year to the medical benefits of any employee or spouse or domestic partner covered by company insurance who uses tobacco products. That includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Lifespan will also offer employees free smoking cessation programs.

Lifespan’s CEO says it’s a way to encourage employees to quit.   

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Environment
4:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects

A male asian longhorned beetle.
Credit UVM/USDA

Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.

The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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RI News
12:06 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta

The Pell Bridge in Newport, the backdrop to the regatta.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Newport Regatta kicks off Friday with 200 – 250 sailboats racing off the Rhode Island coast. They’ll be out just north of the Pell Bridge, near the Newport Harbor and out farther in the ocean.

Sail Newport is hosting the event. Its executive director Brad Read said one of the best places to watch the action is on the northern lawn at Ft. Adams.

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RI News
4:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Owner Charged Under New RI Law For Leaving Dog In Car

The black poodle left in a car in Johnston is in good condition and recovering at the Rhode Island SPCA.

The dog’s owner is the first to be charged under a new law making it a misdemeanor to leave animals inside vehicles on extremely hot or cold days.  Owners caught leaving a pet in the car face up to a year in prison, $1,000 fine, or both.

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RI News
2:51 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Providence Police: Overnight Shooting Could Be Gang-Related

Providence police say they believe Tuesday night’s shooting was targeted. Five people were injured, one seriously during the overnight shooting.

Providence Police Major David Lapatin said it’s unclear exactly what happened, but there was a party and people hanging around outside in the Chad Brown neighborhood when shots were fired, possibly from a moving vehicle.

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Business
1:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP

Electric Boat plans to double its workforce by 2028 to build a new class of submarines.
Credit File / RIPR

A new report finds defense workers are being paid the highest wages in Rhode Island. The state’s Defense Economy Planning Commission released the report, which focused on the industry’s economic impact last year.

It finds there are 16,000 defense workers in the state. Commission co-chair Senator Louis DiPalma said those jobs support other jobs.  “The 1.5 multiplier. So for every one job, there’s 1.5 additional jobs that can be multiplied by that. That’s a big deal,” said DiPalma.

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RI News
2:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

TS Arthur Bringing Rain, Clouds To July 4th Celebrations

Forecasters say it’s a tossup whether the rain that will come with Tropical Storm Arthur will dampen parades during the day or fireworks at night. The National Weather Service is expecting the storm to move past us Friday into early Saturday.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson says the storm track puts Arthur about 100 miles east of Cape Cod, bringing winds of up to 40 miles per hour to mostly the Newport area. As for the rain, “could rain pretty hard for a short period of time, and that’s anytime during the day on the 4th. So the 4th doesn’t look too good,” said Simpson.

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Politics
8:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes

Newport Grand currently has only slot games, but a referendum will let Newport voters decide on table games, a measure which failed just two years ago.
Credit RIPR FILE

In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.

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Artscape
6:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Artscape: Summer Reading For Young Adults

Isabella and Sophia Dauphine picking summer reads at the Cumberland Public Library.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s the summer reading season, and for this month’s Artscape we explore books for young adults starting with what some kids at the Cumberland Public Library plan to read this summer.

Summer Reading Students

Phillip DiDomenico, 10 years old, recommends Frindle by Andrew Clements, which he read during the school year.

Sophia Dauphine, 7 years old, plans to read Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Isabella Dauphine, 9 years old, wants to read Little House on the Prairie, the Laura Ingalls Wilder classic

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