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
9:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion

Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.

Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.

Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.

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RI News
10:59 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy

Tons of sand filled Atlantic Ave. in Westerly after Superstorm Sandy raked along the coast.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.

The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.

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Artscape
4:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Artscape: Providence Loves HP Lovecraft

Brown librarian Holly Snyder holds one of HP Lovecraft's hand-drawn pamphlets.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

As a 10-year-old child, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would tuck himself into his grandfather’s library and read. Lovecraft’s father had gone mad and his mother eventually would too, making his wealthy grandfather – and all of those books –the center of Lovecraft’s world. Then his world fell apart. Lovecraft’s grandfather died and the estate was badly managed, wiping away his comfortable life in Providence. To earn much needed income Lovecraft, at 13-years-old, carefully crafted astronomy pamphlets and sold them, essentially starting his career as a published writer.

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Business
4:01 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Providence Kindles Love Of Horror Writer H.P. Lovecraft

An artists's rendition of pulp-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft is just one example of the author's growing popularity.
The Lovecraft Anthology

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 11:42 am

Pulp-fiction writer Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft has for decades terrified an underground following of readers with horror stories about monsters and aliens. He's known to some as a bad writer, and to many as a racist. Even during the author's lifetime, his readership was limited.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride roll out Operation Holiday Cheer at the RI National Guard Armory in Warwick.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

“Operation Holiday Cheer” was officially launched Wednesday. The Lt. Governor’s Office, Rhode Island National Guard and several organizations and businesses are teaming up to send care packages to Rhode Island guardsmen overseas during the holidays.

Capt. Michael Calcagni got a care package last year. He said it makes difference when you’re away from family during the holidays. “However when you’re away one thing that is always uplifting, no matter what time of year, is mail call,” said Calcagni. “And when you can’t be home and mail brings home to you, it’s even better.”

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RI News
7:02 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Misquamicut Beach, One Year After Superstorm Sandy

Atlantic Avenue was covered in tons of sand after Superstorm Sandy blew across Rhode Island.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

It was one year ago that Superstorm Sandy slammed onto the Rhode Island coast. The storm raked across Misquamicut Beach, destroying businesses and dumping tons of sand onto Atlantic Avenue. 

 

 

The streets are quiet in Misquamicut Beach, mostly the ocean roar and sounds of construction fill the air. Many of the motels and restaurants are closed for the season. But the New Land Motel and Apartments is open. Manager Rinette

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RI News
7:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New Development Brings Dozens of Affordable Homes To North Kingstown

Affordable homes are going up in North Kingstown. The North Cove development is a collection of 38 affordable rental homes just outside Wickford Village. Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing, said there’s a demand for affordable housing outside the state’s urban core.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Hubble The Seal Swims Free Off The Rhode Island Coast

Hubble, a male harbor seal, starts his big adventure at Blue Shutters Beach after spending the summer recovering at the Mystic Aquarium.
Credit Mystic Aquarium

Hubble the seal is swimming free Friday after spending the summer recovering from injuries at the Mystic Aquarium.

Hubble’s journey began on a beach in Maine where researchers found him abandoned by his mother. He made his way to the Mystic Aquarium, and researchers fattened him up and treated problems with his eyes. Those eyes, said the Mystic Aquarium’s Skip Graf, were what made the curious, young seal so special.

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RI News
7:02 am
Fri October 25, 2013

RI Big Brothers Big Sisters Steps In To Help Connecticut Kids

The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State said it was a no-brainer to step in and help after news broke that a chapter in Connecticut announced it was closing.

The chapter covering New London and Groton Connecticut is closing its doors on November 1st. That would have left 50 kids and their mentors in the lurch, but the Rhode Island chapter will supervise those kids, said Deborah Saunders, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

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Transportation
2:59 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rhode Island Joins Group Of States In Zero-Emission Pledge

Fifty charging stations were installed across the state during the summer.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is one of eight states that joined a pledge Thursday to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The pledge comes just weeks after the state installed 50 charging stations.

The pledge calls for more infrastructure to support the millions of electric cars expected to hit the road in the next dozen years. Every car maker is working to have an electric car for sale by 2015, but auto dealers say charging stations are key to getting consumers behind the wheel.

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