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
12:06 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta

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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Politics
9:06 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor

Buddy Cianci talks with reporters after announcing he's running for mayor of Providence
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.

Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power  -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.

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RI News
4:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

RI Bridge Authority May Sell Sakonnet Tolling Equipment

Controversial tolls were eliminated from the Sakonnet River Bridge in the latest state budget.
Credit RIDOT

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it’s not sure when the tolling gantry will come down off the Sakonnet River Bridge. Tolls came off the bridge last Friday after the General Assembly eliminated them in the budget that kicks in July 1st.  

The Bridge Authority will have to pay a $1 million fee to terminate its contract with the company that pursues toll violators. Beyond that, Executive Director Buddy Croft said the price to remove tolling will be minimal compared to the nearly $4 million it cost to install the equipment.

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Politics
12:16 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly

Credit file / RIPR

Several veteran-related bills made it through the General Assembly and are on their way to the governor’s desk. One of those bills gives disabled veterans waivers for classes at state colleges and universities.

Another bill lets honorably discharged veterans and National Guard reservists transfer skills they’ve learned during their service to fulfill requirements for trade apprenticeships.

Lawmakers also passed a resolution urging employers to give veterans who work for them time off on Veteran’s Day.

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