Catherine Welch

News Director

Before her arrival in Rhode Island, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina. 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 North Carolina Press Association, Missouri Press Association, and Missouri Broadcasters Association.

She files regularly for NPR’s All Things ConsideredMorning Edition and Weekend Edition.  In 2008 she was part of an NPR series on America’s Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 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.

Before joining the public radio family, Catherine worked in television at KTVU in the San Francisco area and at the cable technology network formerly known as TechTV.

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RI News
9:03 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Rhode Island Labor Department Boosting Fraud Crackdown Programs

The Department of Labor and Training says it saw an increase this year (2013) in the number of prosecutions for fraudulent claims and will continue programs next year that crack down on fraud.

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RI News
4:07 am
Mon December 30, 2013

These Pups Are the Night Watchmen on New England Farms

The guard dogs as tiny puppies at Pat's Pastured.
Pat's Pastured

One East Greenwich farmer is filling a need for guard dogs in New England. Pat McNiff at Pat’s Pastured is breeding and selling puppies who will guard livestock, and in some cases flowers, for farmers across the region.

McNiff said the dogs are breed for the job and mom does all the training. He said his guard dogs have been a big help with the chickens. “So we used to lose 50 chickens in a week,” said McNiff, "but now we lose none. It’s pretty amazing.”

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Business
4:31 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Training For A Job In The Marine Trades Industry

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association says the average salary is $46,000 for a marine industry worker.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.

 The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.

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RI News
12:20 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Gas Prices Jump A Penny in RI & MA

AAA urges drivers in Rhode Island to shop around as the range for a gallon of regular unleaded is about a quarter.
Credit file / RIPR

Gas prices are up a penny from last week in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Drivers have seen gas prices climb by 9 cents over the last month in both the Ocean State and the Bay State, that’s according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.

In Rhode Island, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52. It’s cheaper in Mass, at $3.44 a gallon. AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices is about a quarter.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Which RI Senator Shuns The U.S. Senate Secret Santa Exchange?

The U.S. Senate's Secret Santa exchange went on without one Rhode Island senator.
Credit U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Senate had its Secret Santa gift exchange, and one of Rhode Island’s senators bowed out of the fun. For the last three years Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has arranged the bipartisan Secret Santa. But Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said he loves to torment his friend, Sen. Franken, by refusing to take part in the affair.

Whitehouse said Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid also passes up the chance to swap a cheap gift with a fellow U.S. Senator.

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RI News
2:27 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

38 Studios Intellectual Property Auction Left Games Unsold

The auctioning of intellectual property from defunct video game maker 38 studios resulted in the sale of two of the five lots up for bid. The assets were part of the video game company owned by baseball legend Curt Schilling.

The two lots going to the highest bidder included the games “Rise of Nations” and “Rise of Legends” and all of their intellectual property. The other lot sold held the trademark for Big Huge Games, a Maryland-based video game company owned by 38 Studios.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Public Comment Opens For RI Transportation Projects

The public has a chance to weigh in this Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund.

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects.

In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.There are 23 projects seeking funding.

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RI News
5:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding

The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.

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RI News
3:20 am
Wed December 11, 2013

PACs Form on Both Sides of the Exeter Recall

On Saturday Exeter residents will decide whether they will recall four of their five town councilors. Angry residents petitioned for the recall after the town council asked lawmakers to move the permitting of concealed guns from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office.

Those who oppose the recall said gun enthusiasts outside of Exeter are influencing the town politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch looked into that claim and joins us now.

ELISABETH: So this recall is centered on who hands out permits in Exeter for concealed weapons.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

RI Joins Pact To Lower Energy Costs In New England

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the rest of New England’s governors signing an accord to create a regional power plan.

New England’s six governors say if their states work together, they can share the cost of building natural gas pipelines and power transmission lines delivering Canadian hydro-power, and that will lower energy costs.  Chafee warns it will take a long-term investment to bring down power bills.

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