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
8:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

EZPass Will Save Drivers Money on the Sakonnet Bridge

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is working out how much it will charge drivers to cross the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The authority will charge less for drivers with an EZPass.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Reed's Bill Puts RI on Fishery Board Managing Squid

Credit Senator Jack Reed's Office

Senator Jack Reed is trying to get Rhode Island a seat on the management board that oversees squid and other species caught by Rhode Island fishermen.

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Gun Control Legislation
4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed: Background Checks Need to Stay in the Bill

Senator Jack Reed says he thinks background checks would be effective in curbing gun violence. The New York Times reports that opposition to background checks is holding back federal gun control legislation.

Reed says he hopes background checks stay in the bill. “You know if we can’t get the background checks through there’s not much we’re doing in response to one of the great tragedies of recent years,” says Reed.

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Rhode Island Veterans
1:11 am
Tue April 2, 2013

West Warwick Veterans Home Named After Fallen RI Marine

A housing facility for disabled veterans will be dedicated Tuesday afternoon to a fallen Rhode Island Marine.

Seven years ago today, Marine Sgt. Brian St. Germain was riding in a truck across Iraq when it rolled over in a flash flood. The Rhode Island chapter of Operation Stand Down is honoring St. Germain’s life and service, by putting his name on its West Warwick facility for homeless and disabled veterans.

Operation Stand Down’s Tony DeQuattro says this is part of a push that started two years ago to rename all of their facilities after fallen troops. 

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Rocky Point Land
11:51 am
Thu March 28, 2013

RI Now Owns Remaining Piece of Rocky Point Land

The state now owns the remaining parcel of land in Warwick that was home to the Rocky Point amusement park. The land will be turned into a coastal state park.

The state closed on 82 acres of land at Warwick City Hall, using $9.6 million of a $10 million bond passed a little more than two years ago.

It’s going to take a while before the public can enjoy the park. The Department of Environmental Management says it needs to clean up the site and remove safety hazards, but the DEM will open up sections of land over the next year.

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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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