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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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

$1.1M heading to Westerly to turn flood-prone property into green space

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.  

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RI News
5:29 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Sakonnet Bridge toll public comment period ends next week

Sakonnet River bridge under construction
Credit RI Dept. of Transportation

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The public comment period for a plan to put tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge is coming to a close. Residents have until the end of next week to get their comments in.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it has received 500 pieces of correspondence on the subject.

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RI News
5:24 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pleau seeking to serve time in state custody

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The attorneys for accused killer Jason Pleau are seeking to have him serve out his state sentence before any federal proceedings take place. Pleau is currently under federal custody, but he wants to go back into state custody.

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Education
9:12 am
Mon January 7, 2013

RI officials watching other for-profit schools

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state’s office of higher education says it’s keeping an eye on other for-profit schools in the wake of the sudden closure of a career technical school.

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Education
4:59 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

RI probing closed technical school's records

Former Sawyer School student Joshua Miller
Credit Catherine Welch

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education says it’s working to secure the records of some 1,500 students left in the lurch when a career training school abruptly closed down.

Spokesman for the Office of Higher Education, Mike Trainor, says over the weekend the state will secure the academic and financial records of the 302 Rhode Island students and 1,200 Connecticut students. He says all of the school’s records, going back to 1964, are on paper so it will take a while to sort everything out.

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Politics
9:05 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Congressman Cicilline expects FEMA aid bill to pass

(PROVIDENCE, RI) On Capitol Hill Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline says there should be majority support for a bill expected to hit the House floor Friday that helps victims of Hurricane Sandy. Cicilline says the $9-billion  package will provide help with flood insurance. It comes days after the Republican-controlled House scuttled a larger relief package approved by the Senate.  

Cicilline says it’s a shame the Senate’s 60 billion (B) dollar relief bill was blocked.

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Education
8:52 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Working to allow time for new Board of Ed to be formed

(PROVIDENCE, RI) State senator Hanna Gallo says she expects her bill to push back the effective date on a new board that would govern K-12 and higher education will be approved Thursday. The board has technically been in effect since Tuesday.

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3:36 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Senator Whitehouse sworn in for another term

Lead in text: 
Rhode Island senator Sheldon Whitehouse was sworn in Thursday by Vice President Joe Biden, marking the start of the 113th Congress.
In this ceremony on the Senate Floor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was sworn in for his second term by Vice President Biden.
Education
12:28 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

RI Senate to vote on delaying education board

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state senate is expected to vote Thursday on legislation that pushes back the starting date of a new board overseeing both K-12 and higher education.

In the final days of the last session, lawmakers approved legislation squeezed into the state budget that merges the boards governing K-12 and higher education. The new board has been technically in effect since Tuesday, but there are no members in place to govern.

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RI Business
9:18 am
Thu January 3, 2013

2012 News Countdown: The collapse of 38 Studios

(PROVIDENCE, RI) It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the ten biggest stories of 2012. Topping the list – is the implosion of the 38 Studios deal.

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