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.

Pages

Local Features
3:28 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: A Public Forum on the Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch and Scott MacKay with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie and Ben Hall of Hall Spars and Rigging.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.  Recorded Thursday, October 10th at the Bristol Elks Lodge.


Read more
Politics
2:51 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades

The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.

Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran’s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.

Read more
One Square Mile: Bristol
8:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Boat Building Industry

Steve Thurston's company Quantum Sails made it through the economoic downturn, others weren't so lucky.
Catherine Welch RIPR

All this week we've been bringing you stories from Bristol in our series One Square Mile. We check in on the town's boat building industry. The sector got whacked, as one boat builder describes it, when the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008. Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch checks in to see how it’s doing now.

Read more
Transportation
4:19 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Bills On The Way To Collect Sakonnet River Bridge Toll

A legislative commission put a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge as a placeholder as it works out a plan for the controversial toll.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is ramping up efforts to collect the 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Chairman David Darlington said there are 750,000 records of drivers who have crossed the bridge without being charged. Now the authority is ready to collect.

If you have an E-ZPass, it will be charged. If you don’t own an E-ZPass and have crossed the Sakonnet Bridge fewer than 25 times, you will not receive a bill. But after you make that 25th trip, the authority will send out a bill of at least $2.50.

Read more
One Square Mile: Bristol
3:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: The Lost Art of Repairing Wooden Boats

One of two wooden boats being pieced back together at Shannon Marine in Bristol, RI.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Bristol boat builder Walt Schultz, is the owner of Shannon Boats. He worked his way through college destroying old, wooden boats. Older and wiser, he’s spent that last 40 years paying a penance of sorts repairing as many of those old boats as he can find.

There are two currently being repaired in his shop, one of them belonged to ice cream baron Howard Johnson. Schultz is one of the few remaining craftsmen repairing wooden boats from a long-gone era, and he shares his thoughts on what it means to know that craft.

Read more
OSM: Bristol
3:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: The Agony of Living on Route 114

Lyle Booth stands near one of his John Deere tractors out front his home on Route 114 in Bristol.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a saying in public radio, that our stories create “driveway moments.” That’s when you pull into your driveway and sit in your car to hear a story to the end. Well, if you live along Route 114 in Bristol, there’s a good chance you’re having a different kind of “driveway moment” –  when you can’t get out of your driveway because there’s so much traffic. As part of our series One Square Mile, Catherine Welch checks in finds out how these Bristolians make it out of the driveway and on to their destinations.

Read more
RI News
8:59 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Naval Station Newport Grapples with the Federal Shutdown

Operations at the Naval Station Newport are carrying on without hundreds of civilian workers caught up in the partial government shut down. The Naval Station Newport says about 800 civilians were furloughed. And over at the Naval War College, civilian instructors are staying home Wednesday and throughout the shutdown. Commander Carla McCarthy said that’s forced some classes to be suspended.

Read more
RI News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals

Providence's ban on flavored tobacco and cigarette coupons that went into effect in January 2013 was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.

The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6th 8th and 12th graders

Read more
Transportation
4:33 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Gov. Chafee Inspects Old East Side Rail Tunnel

RIDOT workers at the tunnel opening at 101 N. Main Street
Catherine Welch RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said the old East Side train tunnel is in better shape than he thought it would be. Chafee made the comment after walking the mile-long old rail tunnel that runs underneath College Hill. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said there are no plans for the tunnel, that this was just an inspection. But Chafee said he can imagine RIPTA buses using the tunnel.

Read more
RIPR News
12:12 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

It's a Sweet America’s Cup Victory for Sail Newport

The latest America's Cup win could mean events like the World Series that sailed off Newport in 2012 could return to Rhode Island.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

Thursday is an especially sweet day for Sail Newport. It’s not only celebrating the Oracle Team USA win over New Zealand for the America’s Cup, but today is also Sail Newport’s 30th anniversary.

The public sailing center was formed almost immediately after America lost the cup to Australia in the waters off Newport. Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read couldn’t be more thrilled with the timing of the America’s Cup win.

Read more

Pages