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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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Opposition group doesn't see same-sex marriage bill passing in the RI senate

A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House

Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.

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Politics
8:03 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Same-sex marriage bill passes easily in Rhode Island House

House Speaker Gordon Fox beams from the rostrum shortly after the bill passed.
Credit Catherine Welch

“Just pass it.” That’s what House Speaker Gordon Fox says he wants the senate president to do with the same-sex marriage bill that passed last night and is now heading to the senate. The House vote was not only an historic vote, but an emotional one.

During nearly 90 minutes of debate a handful of representatives spoke out against the measure. Arthur Corvese, a North Providence democrat, was one of them.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

RI House poised to vote on same sex marriage

Full gallery for statehouse same sex marriage vote.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Rhode Island House is taking up the same-sex marriage bill at this hour. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch is there and filed this report.

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Politics
8:02 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Central Falls mayor working on ending receivership

The mayor of Central Falls says he’s working with the city council president to bring receivership to and end. Council President William Benson Jr. is one of three council members who refuse to meet with the receiver’s office to go over a five-year plan guiding the city out of bankruptcy.  The councilors and receiver’s office are in a legal battle over when the receiver should leave.

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Politics
1:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Fung calls on Gov. Chafee to bring diversity to RI Supreme Court

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Cranston Mayor Allan Fung called on the governor to appoint a person of color to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Fung made the call at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day breakfast during remarks that also gave credit to voters for electing Latino mayors in Providence and in Central Falls.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee was at the breakfast, he says he heard Fung’s call.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

RI delegation applauds Obama's inaugural address

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is giving the president’s inaugural address a big thumbs up. The address touched on same-sex marriage, the environment and the need for cooperation.

Congressman Jim Langevin says it was a thrill to be looking on as the president took his oath of office. He calls the address “outstanding.”

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RI News
1:55 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

RI celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day

Credit Catherine Welch

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Hundreds gathered Monday morning in Cranston for the annual Martin Luther King Jr scholarship breakfast. The crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome” as they remembered the life and works of Dr King.

It was the 30th annual breakfast and during the event 27 scholarships were handed out. Rev. Sammy Vaughan says this is an appropriate way to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King.

“And we’re here today to remember a man who was such a great character and such a great influence on so many people and so many places in the world,” says Vaughan.

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RIPR News
5:41 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Red Sox "bloody sock" going up for auction

Credit RIPR file

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Curt Schilling’s bloody sock is headed for the auction block. The former Red Sox pitcher had used the sock as collateral to raise money for his failed videogame company.

An ankle injury caused a blood stain on Schilling’s sock while he was on the mound during the 2004 World Series. Schilling loaned it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame where it remained until about a month ago when he asked for it back to pay off his debts.

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RI News
9:47 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The tug-of-war over Central Falls heads to mediation

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A Superior Court judge has ordered the two sides wrangling over control of Central Falls to take the matter up in mediation.

An attorney for three city council members says the time limit on receivership is up. But the receiver says state law allows him to decide when it’s time to leave.

Theodore Orson, the attorney for the city’s receiver, says the receiver wants to resolve the matter quickly and supports mediation. Orson says mediation will likely begin in early February.

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Business
8:48 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Providence Chamber pleased with Gov. Chafee's State of the State address

Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his State of the State address
Credit Ian Donnis

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce says there was a lot to like in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s State of the State address.

Chamber President Laurie White says last night’s address showed that the governor is serious about putting forth a pro-economic growth budget. She says she’s encouraged that the address came during a week that brought a new study and a legislative conference focused on the state’s economy.

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