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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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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RIPR News
6:08 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Wrangling over who controls Central Falls heads to court

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A Superior Court judge will meet Wednesday with the two sides wrangling over control of Central Falls. Attorneys for the state-appointed receiver say by state law it’s up to the receiver to decide when it’s time to step away. But a lawyer representing some city council members says the time limit on receivership is up.

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RI News
9:29 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Waiting to hear whether Supreme Court will hear RI request

United States Supreme Court
Credit Mike Renlund via Flickr

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Attorneys for accused killer Jason Pleau  are hopeful that Friday is the day they will hear that the US Supreme Court will take their case. Pleau  is the subject of a debate as to whether Rhode Island has the right to refuse to hand him over to federal authorities. The legal wrangling centers on an agreement between states and the federal government when it comes to transporting detainees.

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RI News
4:42 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Legislation aims to keep tolls off Sakonnet Bridge

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) Governor Lincoln Chafee’s keeping mum on whether he would veto legislation that keeps tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. State Rep. John Edwards of Tiverton says he plans to introduce a bill that keeps the Sakonnet Bridge from transferring over to the state’s Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Edwards calls the toll a tax and says the state should be able to pay for maintenance with general funds. Chafee says the state needs to pay for maintenance somehow and there are no easy decisions.

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Politics
12:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

RI launches expanded online public database

Gov. Chafee launches RI's Transparency Portal
Credit Catherine Welch

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Gov. Lincoln Chafee unveiled what’s called a “transparency portal” allowing anyone to log on and access some state records. The governor signed an executive order launching the website Thursday morning.

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