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
12:03 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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RIPR News
2:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

U.S. Attorney Takes Death Penalty off the Table for Jason Pleau, Who will Plead Guilty

The man at the center of a legal tug-of-war between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the U.S. Attorney’s office over the death penalty will plead guilty to murder charges and will not face the death penalty.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha’s office says 35-year-old Jason Pleau will plead guilty by way of a federal indictment for the 2010 robbery and murder of a Woonsocket gas station manager. And as part of a plea deal his office will not seek a death sentence.  

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Education
3:23 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

RWU Bringing Nonprofit HousingWorks RI into the Fold

Credit Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is bringing HousingWorks RI into its fold. HousingWorks is a local nonprofit that studies affordable housing and economic development.

Associate Vice President for University Relations, Pete Wilbur, said HousingWorks RI already operates out of the university’s facility in Providence, and faculty members are on the board. He said making the nonprofit part of the university gives students hands on opportunities.

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RI News
5:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Body Found of RI Teen off Conimicut Point

The Coast Guard said the body of a 16-year-old boy has been found just off Conimicut Point in Warwick. The boy has been identified as Javon Jimenez of Providence. He went missing Sunday evening after being swept off a sandbar, another boy was swept away but he was able to swim away and be rescued.

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