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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Rhody Votes 2014
4:44 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidate Elorza Promises To Tighten Ethics In City Hall

Democratic candidate Jorge Elorza outlines his plan to tighten ethics in his first 100 days as mayor
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza outlined a plan in front of City Hall Thursday for tightening ethics oversight in the city his first 100 days in office.

Elorza’s plan includes impaneling an ethics commission that now exists only on paper, training for department heads, making city government more transparent, and refusing campaign contributions from city employees as both a candidate and mayor.

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Health Care
6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Rhode Islander Mukpo Receives Transfusion From Ebola Survivor

The Nebraska Medical Center where Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo is receiving treatment for the Ebola virus
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola has received a blood transfusion from a doctor who previously had the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly was the first American flown back to the U.S. to be treated for Ebola. Now he’s helping the fifth American diagnosed with the virus, Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

RI Freelancer Ashoka Mukpo Receiving Experimental Drug

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola is being treated with an experimental drug. Ashoka Mukpo is in isolation at the Nebraska Medical Center where doctors are treating him with an experimental antiviral drug called Brindicofovir. This is the drug that is also being used to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the man in Dallas who is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

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RI News
1:34 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo Relieved To Be Back In The U.S.

Ashoka Mukpo is at The Nebraska Medical Center where he is being treated for Ebola.
Credit Ashoka Mukpo Facebook

The parents of the Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola said their son is relieved to be back in the U.S. Ashoka Mukpo arrived Monday morning at a Nebraska hospital for treatment.

Mukpo walked off the plane and was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. Once at the hospital, he spoke briefly with his parents through video conference. “His first reaction was, ‘I’m sorry I put you myself through this situation for you guys.’ So his first concerns were more what this would do to us,” said his father, Mitchell Levy.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
4:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

One Square Mile: Why Sailing Should Matter To Every Rhode Islander

Sail Newport's Brad Read taking a sail around Newport Harbor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

We’re launching our series One Square Mile and this time we’re focused on Narragansett Bay. The bay plays an enormous role in making Rhode Island a sailing mecca.

Sail Newport’s Executive Director Brad Read hops on one of the organization’s sailboats and starts pulling the line connected to the main sail. “You picked a perfect day, you couldn’t have asked for a dryer more perfect wind, beautiful blue sky,” said Read. “And you’re here at Sail Newport about to sail on one of our J-22’s.”

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Health Care
4:44 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

RI Health Department: We Could See Ebola Here

The head of the state’s health department says there’s a chance Rhode Island could have one or two imported cases of the Ebola virus. That’s because of travel within Rhode Island’s sizeable Liberian community, the largest population per capita in the U.S.  

Dr. Michael Fine said hospitals have teams and quarantined areas standing by should a case appear in Rhode Island. He doesn’t think that once here Ebola will spread.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Rhody Votes ’14: Attorney General Candidate Dawson Hodgson

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgeson is running for Rhode Island's Attorney General.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson is challenging incumbent Attorney general Peter Kilmartin. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ’14, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch  sat down with Hodgson to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

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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Business
2:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Central Falls Looking For New Business As Sylvania Closes Its Plant

The Department of Labor and Training has stepped in to help the more than 70 workers laid off from the Osram Sylvania plant in Central Falls. The plant shut its doors last Friday.

Those former plant workers are now receiving benefits from a federal program that provides career counseling and helps them pay for amongst other things the commute to job training or to relocate. DLT spokesman Mike Healey said this federal program is more generous because it targets factory workers who tend to be older and have worked most of their lives in the plant.

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Rhody Votes 2014
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Elorza Unveils His Plans For Providence

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza sketched out his plans for Providence at a press conference at Asa Messer Elementary School.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza wants to create what he calls “one Providence” where all neighborhoods benefit from a cooperative city hall. Elorza made the comment during a press conference Monday sketching out his vision for the city

Elorza’s plan includes boosting the public schools, putting more cops on the street, and luring businesses to the capital city. He plans to pay for the officers through federal grants, and wants to create a plan for the city’s working waterfront.

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RI News
2:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Paolino Surprised That Paiva Weed Came Out Against A Newport Casino

A group of developers wants to turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino.
Credit File / RIPR

One of the developers behind turning Newport Grand into a casino said he’s surprised that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has now come out against table games in Newport. Her comments came shortly after Wednesday night’s vote by the Newport City Council to reject a host agreement with developers.

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