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
10:59 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge

The ten cent tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge are set to expire April 1st.
Credit RIPR FILE

The House Finance Committee will take up legislation Tuesday centered on funding bridge repair and keeping tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. Lawmakers also want to hang on to the bridge's current ten-cent toll for a few more months.

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Health Care
12:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nearly 20K Enroll On RI Exchange As Lawmakers Debate Its Future

The latest numbers out of the state's health insurance exchange show most residents are enrolling in Medicaid and And many of those who have enrolled in private health insurance are getting financial assistance to help pay for their coverage.

 

New numbers show nearly 20,000 Rhode Islanders have signed up for insurance on HealthSource RI, the state's insurance exchange. Meanwhile, almost 49,000 have enrolled in a state-paid Medicaid plan. The numbers also show 133 small businesses have enrolled to offer their employees and families coverage through the exchange.

 

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

RI Archaeologists May Partner With Australians To Locate Capt. Cook's Endeavor

An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.

 

British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.

 

The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.

 

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RI News
1:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

RI Food Bank Graduates Another Class Of Culinary Students Ready To Work

A dozen students receiving culinary job training at the Rhode Island Food Bank graduate Friday evening. The program takes highly motivated low-income residents and trains them to work in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

 

The Food Bank launched the program 17 years ago, it's currently held in a modern industrial kitchen built at their site. As part of the 14-week program, cooking students prepare 600 hot meals a day for children in after-school programs in Providence. The Food Bank said this graduating class has made about 22,000 meals for school kids.

 

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RI News
6:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Wrong-way Detection Systems Going Up Along RI Highways

Rhode Island highway just outside Providence.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said a growing number of deadly wrong-way accidents has prompted it to invest in an alert system that should be up and running by the end of the summer

With one death already this year, and three last year RIDOT said deadly accidents caused by wrong-way drivers are growing not just in Rhode Island but around the country. So it's installing 20 detection systems that will first alert a driver through signs that they are going the wrong way, and after that the system alerts other drivers and police.

 

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RI News
4:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

OSHA Cites East Providence Wood Pellet Company For Explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an East Providence company for serious workplace safety violations. It's the result of an investigation into an explosion that happened last August.

Back in August, wood dust caught fire and caused an explosion at Inferno Wood Pellet in East Providence. The fire spread through the building, injuring a worker and destroying part of the building.

 

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The Bottom Line
4:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Bottom Line: Gambling In New England

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

This week Catherine Welch fills in for Dave. She and Mark talk with Clyde Barrow, director of the Center for Policy Analysis at UMass Dartmouth. They discuss how gambling in Massachusetts affects Rhode Island’s gaming locations, and ask, at what point does the New England casino industry reach saturation?

When to Listen

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

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RI News
8:47 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Families Remember The Station Nightclub Tragedy Eleven Years Later

Site of the former Station Nightclub in West Warwick.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Thursday marks eleven years since the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200.

At 18 years old, Nicholas O’Neil was the youngest victim. His band, Shryne, was going to open for Great White the following night, so he was at the club on February 20th, 2003 to check out the place. O’Neil’s dad, Dave Kane, said he thinks about his son every day.

“It’s interesting people say to me, ‘oh geez, I hope I’m not bringing up a bad memory.’ Like I forgot. I mean, we have this every day, the knowledge of what has happened and the aftermath, we live it every day.”

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RI News
1:09 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Gas Prices Up In RI & MA

The average gallon of regular unleaded in Rhode Island is at $3.44, that's higher than the national average of $3.36.
Credit file

Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will find gas prices a bit higher this week – up by two cents in Rhode Island. Gas prices in both states are higher than the national average.

Even though prices at the pump took a bigger jump in Massachusetts, on average Rhode Island drivers are still paying more. The latest survey out of AAA Southern New England finds Ocean State drivers paying $3.48 for the average gallon of regular unleaded, while Massachusetts drivers are paying $3.44.

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RI News
3:53 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

RI DLT Expands Hours At Unemployment Call Center

The DLT unemployment insurance call center will be open Monday and Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00pm, closed Wednesday, open Thursday and Friday 8:00 am - 3:00pm.

Starting Monday the Department of Labor and Training is expanding the hours of its call center handling unemployment insurance.

The DLT call center used to take calls for two full days and three half days, but now it will take calls every weekday except Wednesday, said Assistant Director, Bob Langlais.

“We thought it was better for customer service we be open four full days, we won’t be any half days,” said Langlais, “and then they’ll have a full day for our staff to do their back office.”

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