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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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Helping Artists Manage Finances

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is offering a program to help artists tackle their finances. The program originates from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Religion
8:15 am
Fri March 1, 2013

RI Catholics Honor Retiring Pope with Mass

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A noon mass on Thursday marked the final day of Pope Benedict XVI.  It was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Move Over Stuffie, Here Comes "Rhode Island Calamari"

If Rep. Joseph McNamara gets his way, calamari will become the official state appetizer. The stuffie shouldn’t take this personally.

If McNamara’s bill becomes law, then Rhode Island calamari would be listed as the official state appetizer on the state’s website and in promotional material. And the way McNamara sees it that could land the phrase, “Rhode Island calamari” on restaurant menus across the country, giving the state’s biggest catch a little buzz marketing. As for the quahog and the stuffie, McNamara says it’s not personal.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Higher Ed Braces for Possible Funding Cuts

RI College campus
Credit courtesy RIC.edu

Universities and colleges in the state say they’re bracing for cuts to federal research grants should sequestration kick in. The University of Rhode Island says depending on cuts to defense research, it could lose either $6.4 million or $12.6 million. And Brown University estimates cuts of about $8 million.

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Politics
7:53 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Reed Praises Hagel as Secretary of Defense

US Senator Jack Reed
Credit courtesy of Jack Reed

Senator Jack Reed says Chuck Hagel  will provide outstanding leadership heading up the Pentagon. Reed says this is a critical moment for the US with national security threats and a continuing presence in Afghanistan.

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Transportation News
2:56 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

RI Airport Corporation Selects a New Chief

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A civil engineer and private pilot will be the next president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. Kelly Fredericks is currently overseeing expansion at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fredericks has held leadership positions at airports in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie Pennsylvania.   He’s currently with a consulting group managing the construction of a new terminal down at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Higher Education
3:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Some $205M Raised by RI Colleges and Universities in 2012

Brown University tops a recent fundraising report for 2012.
Credit RIPR file / RIPR

The latest look at how well Rhode Island’s colleges and universities did in fundraising last year finds six of the state’s nine institutions raised more than $205 million. That’s up from what they raised in 2011.

The Council for Aid to Education looked at fundraising for Rhode Island’s four-year institutions except Johnson & Whales, Salve Regina and Providence College.

Brown University topped the list raising a little more than $178 million, that’s up from 2011. Bryant University and Roger Williams University also saw their donations go up last year.

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Superstorm Sandy Recovery
4:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Chamber Wants Businesses Damaged by Superstorm Sandy Repaired by Summer

The Andrea Resort got socked by Superstorm Sandy.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber is working to raise $400,000 to make sure area businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy are up and running by Memorial Day.  

Chamber executive director Lisa Konicki says the storm seriously damaged some 29 businesses, and most of them have yet to see a dime from their insurance companies.

Funds raised by the chamber will help businesses remove sand, repair damage and replace inventory before the tourist start arriving.

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RI News
5:30 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Curt Schilling's "Bloody Sock" Hits the Auction Block

Credit File / RIPR

So far Curt Schilling’s bloody sock has a highest bid of $32,500 in an online auction of this piece of baseball history. The sock is expected to go for more than $100,000.

While on the mound during the 2004 World Series, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s ankle started to bleed. His blood-stained sock became an instant icon and the symbol of his career. Well, a failed videogame business and millions of dollars in debt later, a broke Schilling pulled the sock from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and put it up for auction.

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RI News
1:54 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

RIPTA seeks input on changes to bus service

RIPTA is seeking input on two alternatives to its current service.
Credit File / RIPR

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is considering changes to its bus service and wants the public to weigh in. The transit authority is considering two alternatives to how it’s running now.

RIPTA marketing director Amy Pettine says the changes won’t add costs to running the transit system, but could expand service in some much-needed parts of the state. She says this includes a new route proposed for Woonsocket and better coordination with commuter rail.

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