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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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.

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Health Care
2:12 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

First Human Case of West Nile Diagnosed in RI

An Exeter man has been treated for the first human case of West Nile in Rhode Island this year.

The Rhode Island Department of Health said the 33-year-old Exeter man first started developing symptoms on September 11.  Two days later he was at South County Hospital, diagnosed with viral meningitis caused by West Nile Virus. He was released a few days later and is recovering at home.

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RI News
8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works

The state is looking at ways to use the old east side train tunnel that has sat closed up for decades.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation are planning to inspect an abandoned train tunnel in Providence to see how it could be used in the future. The tunnel was built in 1906 connecting the Seekonk River to the Providence River.

Gov. Chafee said he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis said there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.

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Business
2:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Group Will Promote the Tasty Side of RI’s Economy at Waterfire

This pig at Pat's Pastured is part of Rhode Island's growing farm to table economy.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There will be a tent set up at Saturday’s Waterfire to educate residents about Rhode Island’s growing food sector. The tent will offer samples from a wide variety of locally made foods and beverages. By luring people through their taste buds, project coordinator Melissa Withers said they can then show the public the diversity of expertise in the state’s food economy.

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Education
10:17 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Board of Education Chair Mancuso Not Commenting on ACLU Lawsuits

Board of Education chair Eva-Marie Mancuso, not currently commenting on the recent lawsuits brought by the ACLU.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The head of the state’s Board of Education says she can’t comment on legal action taken against the board by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she’s going to let the legal process move forward. The ACLU took legal action this week saying a the board violated the open meetings law last week when it voted behind closed doors to reject a petition urging reconsideration of the NECAP testing requirement. 

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Environment
9:04 am
Thu September 19, 2013

North Kingstown Facing the Impending Impact of Climate Change

Residents and businesses in the North Kingstown area are invited to a free public meeting regarding the impacts of climate change, rising tides, and flooding in the coastal communities of Rhode Island.

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Affordable Care Act
2:28 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Explaining the Health Insurance Exchange to RI's Latino Community

A crowd gathered in Pawtucket to hear about HealthSource RI, the state's health insurance exchange
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Representatives of HealthSource RI, the state-run health insurance exchange, are meeting with Latino business owners in Central Falls Wednesday. It’s part of a push to educate the state’s growing Latino community about the upcoming exchange. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch was at a similar meeting last week in Pawtucket, where she learned about the challenges of translating a complex health care system to non-English speakers.

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The Pulse
3:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Recovery Center Opens in Women’s Facility of the ACI

The first recovery center in the state’s Adult Correctional Institute is now open. The Anchor Recovery Drydock is in the women’s facility and will provide female inmates with treatment inside the ACI and resources for when they get out. The Providence Center’s CEO Dale Klatzker said having a recovery support network is key to staying sober and out of prison.

“All the treatment in the world isn’t going to make a difference if you aren’t also able to sustain your sobriety,” said Klatzker. “If you’re in an environment where all the pressures are on you or to use and abuse drugs.”

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Health Care
8:45 am
Fri September 13, 2013

National Advocate Praises Nursing Industry In Rhode Island

Nurses need a place at the table as the nation reshapes its healthcare landscape. That’s according to Dr. Susan Hassmiller, the senior advisor for nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hassmiller has been touring the state this week, discussing the future of nursing.

She said because of the economy, older nurses are working longer, making it harder for recent graduates to land a job. Hassmiller applauds Rhode Island for helping nursing students with its state-wide residency.

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Health Care
9:05 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Kidney Stone Center Opens At Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital has officially announced the opening of its new Kidney Stone Center.

The center had a quiet opening a few months ago, but now The Miriam Hospital is letting the rest of Rhode Island know that its new center combines specialists such as urologists and dietitians to take a comprehensive approach for treating kidney stones.

Kidney stones are crystallized pieces of material that form in the kidney. Their size ranges from granular to the size of a pearl, and are often painful as they pass through the urinary tract.

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