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
1:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Several Tips but No Solid Leads on Missing Brown Student

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi has been missing since March 16th,
Credit Tripathi Family Photo

The family of a missing Brown student says while tips are pouring in, there are still no significant leads. The 22-year-old has been missing since March 16th.  Providence Police had said that the family thought Sunil Tripathi committed suicide, but the family is now ruling that out.

The father of Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi  says every day the family calls homeless shelters, hospitals and is plastering fliers up in areas his son liked to visit, hoping that someone knows where he is.

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RI News
9:12 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Father-Daughter Dances Go Up for Vote

The Senate Education Committee votes Wednesday on legislation allowing schools to hold events like father-daughter dances. Cranston’s school committee asked lawmakers to draft the bill after a complaint last year shut down its father-daughter dance.

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Central Falls
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Attorney for Central Falls Officials Says Mediation Went Nowhere

A group of city council members wants the state-appointed receiver to leave Central Falls and give control back to elected officials.
Credit Ryan T Conaty

The attorney representing a group of Central Falls city councilors says mediation with the city’s receiver has broken down.

Lawrence Goldberg represents the council president and two other members who want the receiver to leave. The receiver’s office says it’s not budging until the city council has been briefed on a five-year fiscal plan. Goldberg says that plan is not mandatory and the receiver should have left long ago.

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Pension Overhaul
1:50 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Raimondo Tells Bond Buyer Crowd: No Short Cuts to Pension Fix

Firefighters protest Treasurer Gina Raimondo's keynote speech at a conference in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

About a hundred firefighters protested Monday morning outside a conference focused on distressed municipalities, where state treasurer Gina Raimondo was the keynote speaker. Inside, Raimondo applauded the cooperation it took from organized labor to make the state pension overhaul possible.

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Intergenerational Living
4:05 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Silver Boom: Many Generations Under One Roof

Jacquelin Dowdy and her daughters Genesis and Ny-Asiah live on the 2nd floor of the family's triple-decker.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Nothing says home quite like a white picket fence, and Jacqueline Dowdy’s got one surrounding her light green triple-decker. Her grandparents bought the place more than 40 years ago. Back then, they lived on the first floor.

“My parents lived on this floor, this is the apartment I grew up in,” says Dowdy. “And I had an aunt, one of my mother’s younger sisters, who lived on the third floor.”

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Closing the Word Gap
12:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence Wins $5M Bloomberg Prize to Close the Word Gap

Providence wins $5 million prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Credit File / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says it’s a dream that the city won a $5 million prize to help low-income children boost language skills. The prize money came from a philanthropic organization set up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Providence won with a program that will equip low-income children with devices that record conversations and count the words they are exposed to. The children’s parents will then be coached on ways to expose kids to more words. The goal is to close what’s known as “the word gap,” between low-income and more affluent four-year-olds.

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Local Features
5:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Silver Boom: Life at Gorham & Providence Steel and Iron

The Gorham complex abandoned in place on Adelaide Ave in Providence in 1998.
Credit Erik Gould

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island” we’re looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population and how Rhode Island benefits from its older residents.  For example, they are the memory keepers, the informal historians of the state’s rich past. 

Gorham Manufacturing

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Tax Season
12:04 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

RI Tax Division: Bigger Refunds but Fewer Getting Them

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation says it’s open season for tax filing, last-minute tax changes delayed the e-filing season.

The fiscal cliff tax bill that went into effect January 2nd sent the IRS scrambling to create new tax forms and computer software. So the IRS put a freeze on electronic filing until the end of January once all of the updates were in place. That delayed the state from accepting returns, but the Division of Taxation says it’s now able to accepting all e-filings.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

CRMC Denies Deepwater Wind Request to Waive Fee

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has denied Deepwater Wind’s request to waive a $700,000 fee. Deepwater Wind wanted the application fee waived for its offshore wind farm off Block Island.

After more than two hours of testimony and deliberation, the Ocean Special Area Management Plan subcommittee voted 4 – 1 to deny the fee waiver.

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RI News
8:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

East Providence Well on Its Way to Fiscal Health

Central Avenue, East Providence, RI
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The City of East Providence says there are just a few more details to button up before it waves good-bye to the Budget Commission that’s been overseeing city finances. A state-appointed finance officer will step in next.

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