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, MO 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 was with Cab Calloway, and it remains the strangest one she’s ever done. 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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Health Care
9:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Rhode Island Marks World AIDS Day

Dr. Amy Nunn and Gov. Lincoln Chafee push for more testing at the World AIDS Day event in the Statehouse.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is marking World AIDS Day, Monday with an event at the Statehouse.  The goal is to raise awareness about progress made, and progress still needed.

Eighty-seven new cases of HIV have been reported this year. That’s up from the 74 cases reported in 2013, and 87 too many say doctors and activists.

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RI News
8:45 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Champion Card Players Arrive In Providence For Thanksgiving Showdown

Thousands of bridge players converge on the Convention Center for the North American championships
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of bridge players are skipping the turkey and shuffling their cards Thursday. More than 5,000 thousand bridge players are in Providence competing in the North American Bridge Championships.

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RI News
3:11 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

RI ACLU Urging Chafee To Beef Up Protection For Immigrants

ACLU Rhode Island chapter Executive Director Steve Brown urges Gov. Lincoln Chafee to beef up protection of immigrants until President Obama's federal action overhauling deportation policy kicks in.
Credit File / RIPR

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to revise how the state implements the Secure Communities program.

Secure Communities requires local law enforcement to hand over people charged with crimes or minor infractions for deportation. Earlier this year, Chafee required a deportation or removal order for anyone handed over to the feds. ACLU director Steve Brown said immigrants need more protection.

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RI News
9:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Gas Prices Continue To Sink In RI & MA Ahead Of Holiday

Gas prices continue to drop at the pump ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. A gallon of regular unleaded is down another three cents from last week.

That puts the average price at $2.95 a gallon. Twenty cents lower than a month ago, but still higher than the national average. Massachusetts drivers are seeing prices drop there as well to $2.87 a gallon. Nationally prices are down nearly 90-cents since May.  Trilby Lundberg studies the industry, she says lower crude oil prices, an abundant oil supply and the rising value of the U.S. dollar are behind the lower prices at the pump.

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RI News
6:35 am
Sat November 22, 2014

What Obama’s Immigration Actions Mean For Undocumented Rhode Islanders

There’s reaction from across the nation to president Obama’s executive action making sweeping changes to the immigration system.  Here in Rhode Island the leader of House republicans, Brian Newberry said the president’s actions show disrespect for the law.

There are an estimated 35,000 undocumented residents living in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with immigration attorney Roberto Gonzalez to discuss how the president’s actions will change lives here.

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The Bottom Line
4:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Bottom Line: What It Took To Lure NCAA Basketball To Providence

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, John Gibbons, executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission, visits the program to discuss what it takes to bring college hoops to the Ocean State and the economic impact.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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Economy
9:09 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Rhode Island's Unemployment Rate Dipped, Just Slightly, In October

Rhode Island's unemployment rate consistently remains one of the highest in the nation.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in October to 7.4 percent.  It’s a number that has consistently dropped over the last 15 months.

October’s jobless rate is the lowest it’s been since April of 2008. But still the state lost 2600 jobs. The Department of Labor and Training finds Rhode Island’s 7.4 percent unemployment rate higher than the national rate of 5-point-8 percent but lower than the 9.4 percent jobless rate a year ago.

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RI News
3:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

National Grid Seeking Nearly 24 % Rate Hike For RI Customers

National Grid is asking the state’s public utilities commission to clear the way for a nearly 24 percent rate hike. The utility estimates that will add nearly $21 to the average residential customer bill.

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Housing
9:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

$2M In Federal Funds Coming To RI For Affordable Housing

Affordable housing in Cranston. Rhode Island received $2M in federal funding to refurbish and build more in the state.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island Housing says it has awarded more than $2 million in federal HOME funds for affordable housing across the state.

In total, the money will help build or spruce up 145 affordable homes and apartments. Projects include fixing up Apple Creek Apartments in Tiverton, building a single-family home in South County, and building seven homes in Burrillville for low-income families. Each year, the state receives about $3 million in federal HOME grants.

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RI News
1:37 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

RI Gas Prices Drop Below $3, First Time In Four Years

Average gallon of regular unleaded in Rhode Island is at $2.98. That's higher than the national average of $2.89.
Credit File / RIPR

The latest survey out of AAA Southern New England finds a gallon of regular unleaded is going to cost less than $3.00. It’s been four years since prices were this low.

Sure at $2.98 it’s just under $3, but that’s still 22 cents cheaper than it was a month ago. Federal officials say weak fuel demand and lower crude oil prices are keeping costs down at the pump. And drivers can expect the average price for a gallon of unleaded to stay below $3.00 next year.

Massachusetts drivers are paying a nickel less than Rhode Islanders, with an average gallon at $2.93.

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