Catherine Welch

News Director

Before her arrival in Rhode Island, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina. 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 North Carolina Press Association, Missouri Press Association, and Missouri Broadcasters Association.

She files regularly for NPR’s All Things ConsideredMorning Edition and Weekend Edition.  In 2008 she was part of an NPR series on America’s Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 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.

Before joining the public radio family, Catherine worked in television at KTVU in the San Francisco area and at the cable technology network formerly known as TechTV.

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RI News
8:43 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Community Health Centers Push to Educate Public on the Health Insurance Exchange

Though opening in just a few months, many Rhode Islanders are still uninformed about health insurance exchange.
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Rhode Island’s community health centers are kicking off a push Monday to educate their patients about the upcoming health insurance exchange. The entire congressional delegation is helping out.

Last year nearly 135,000 Rhode Islanders visited a community health center, and 32 percent of them lacked insurance coverage. Jane Hayward, CEO of the Rhode Island Health Center Association, said that’s why community health centers will play a key role in educating uninsured Rhode Islanders about their options on the state’s new insurance exchange which will be up and running October 1st.

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RI News
1:44 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Governor’s Office Wants To Hear From Rhode Islanders

Gov. Lincoln Chafee will host public forums to hear from residents; he is expected to face a tough reelection in 2014.
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The governor’s office is asking you, the public, about what it’s like to live and work in the Ocean State. Residents are being asked to speak their minds at a series of public forums this week.

The forums are part of an initiative out of the governor’s office called RhodeMap RI. It’s a project analyzing the state’s business climate and economic competitiveness. The goal is to travel across the state, listen to residents about what it’s like to get job, buy a home and get an education in the state, then use that feedback to develop policy.

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Education
12:22 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

RI ACLU Sues Board of Education to Open Up a Closed Retreat

Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso said closed retreats were common on the now defunct higher education board.
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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to keep the state’s Board of Education from holding a retreat that’s closed to the public.

The upcoming retreat will feature presentations on high stakes testing. It will be closed to both the media and the public. Rhode Island ACLU chapter executive director Steve Brown said that undermines the state’s open meetings laws.

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Business
3:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Rhode Island Tourism Industry Expecting Boost from Same-Sex Marriage

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau said it has been marketing to the LGBT community for nearly a decade.
Credit file / RIPR

The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau said it expects tourism and the wedding industry will get a boost from Rhode Island’s new same-sex marriage law.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau has been marketing to the LGBT community for the last nine years. Kristen Adamo is the vice president for marketing, and she expects same-sex weddings will grow over time.

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RI News
12:03 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Don’t Waste Time to get License in Cranston

Royce Kilbourn and Karl Staatz are the first to apply for a marriage license at Cranston City Hall.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Same-sex couples are saying “I Do” and applying for marriage licenses across the state. Rhode Island and Minnesota are the 12th and 13th states in the country legalizing gay marriage.

Just minutes after the city clerk’s office opened, employees welcomed Cranston’s first same-sex couple seeking a license. “We opened at 8:30 so you’re our first customer,” said Cranston City Clerk Maria Wall. At 8:32 Karl Staatz and Royce Kilbourn walked into the clerk’s office with hands full of paperwork ready to get a marriage license. After 21 years together, they’re tying the knot next week.

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RI News
10:37 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Gov. Chafee: Same-Sex Marriage Will Create Jobs

A supporter of same-sex marriage, Chafee has maintained that it will be good for Rhode Island's economy.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday will be a happy day in Rhode Island, now that the state’s same-sex marriage law is in effect. The governor has pushed for bringing same-sex marriage to the state since taking office. He said it will help create jobs.

“I do believe that young, creative people that want to come and do business, you just want to have a welcome mat out. I do believe it’s very, very important to growing the economy in Rhode Island," said Chafee.

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Hot City: Crime in Providence
8:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Hot City: What's Happening on the Streets

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July.

Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the north end saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Teny Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence about what’s happening on the streets of Providence.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Sea Life and Waves Roll Along I-95 Underpass in Providence

The murals along Eddy Street features whales, dolphins and other sea creatures.
Credit James Baird

A mural commissioned to mark Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th anniversary was unveiled Tuesday morning in Providence.

Dolphins, whales, harbor seals and an octopus mingle among the blue and violet waves that roll down the walls of the Eddy Street underpass. Artist Kenn Speiser says the waves are meant to have a calming effect on drivers as they buzz by.

Speiser and his team painted during the day for about three weeks, getting plenty of feedback along the way.

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Hot City
11:32 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Providence Crime Stats

City-wide Crime Stats | Create infographics

Data from: Providence Police Department

Hot City: Crime in Providence
7:33 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue

A dozen crimes were reported on Oakland Avenue in Smith Hill in July of 2012.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July. Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the North End saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch visits a street in that area where a dozen crimes happened in one month.

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