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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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.
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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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RI News
11:42 am
Mon February 18, 2013

RI Drivers Paying a Nickle More at the Pump

Credit File / RIPR

Drivers keeping track of prices at the pump may have noticed that the average gallon of regular unleaded will cost a nickel more than it did last week.

That extra nickel now puts the average price of regular unleaded at $3.79 a gallon. That’s higher than the national average. AAA Southern New England urges Rhode Islanders to shop around since the range in price spans 26-cents.

Across the border in Massachusetts the average price went up by four cents to $3.72 a gallon, just a penny shy of the national average of $3.73.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Sen Whitehouse revs up the crowd at climate change rally

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse got a crowd of thousands chanting and cheering Sunday at a rally on the National Mall in Washington focused on climate change.

Whitehouse says there are only two ways to move climate change legislation: show Congress how out of step it is with the American public, and encourage the president to get serious on the issue.

When Whitehouse told the crowd that special interest owned Washington and it was up to the people to take it back, the crowd went wild. That’s something Whitehouse says is easier done than revving up his fellow members of Congress.

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RI News
10:40 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Winter Storm Hits Rhode Island

A team of snow plows scrape down Providence streets on Sunday.
Credit Catherine Welch

Just as the snow from last week’s blizzard was starting to melt away, revealing pavement on most roads and sidewalks, Rhode Islanders woke up Sunday to even more snow.

Forecasters predict between 6 to 8 inches of snow for Rhode Island, and up to 8 inches to fall by Sunday night in Boston. While southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts could see less snow.

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RI News
11:46 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Bishop Tobin: A historic day for the Catholic Church

Bishop Thomas Tobin reads his statement on news that the pope was stepping down
Credit Catherine Welch

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says he was stunned by the announcement that Pope Benedict the XVI will step down at the end of the month. Bishop Tobin met the pope a couple of times and was struck by his intellect and humility.  

“He is a very gentle man, you get that sense in meeting him in person,” says Tobin. “He’s a very humble, gentle man who took this tremendous burden on his shoulders, somewhat reluctantly I believe.”

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RI News
5:36 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Report looks at how to better help RI veterans

As Rhode Island servicemen and women return from the front lines, state officials are searching for better ways to make sure they have the jobs, education and the health services they need to integrate back into civilian life. A new report out of the state senate urges the state to do a better job connecting veterans with jobs and services.

The state counts more than 70,000 veterans living in Rhode Island, and unemployment numbers show they have a higher rate of joblessness than their civilian counterparts.  

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