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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Environment
4:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Edgewood Yacht Club Looking To Rebuild In Cranston

The Edgewood Yacht Club clubhouse before it was destroyed by a fire.
Credit Ericka Smith / flickr

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.

The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.

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Politics
9:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates

Sen. Jack Reeds holds a press conference after the Senate passed legislation that delays flood insurance rate hikes.
Credit Courtesy: Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

George Wein: Pete Seeger Is The Heart of the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein says Pete Seeger's legacy will be "the power of song."
Credit file / RIPR

Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.

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Politics
10:24 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Sec. Of State Ralph Mollis Kicks Off Campaign For Lt. Governor

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is running for Lt. Governor
Credit Office of the Secretary of State

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis officially kicked off his campaign Monday for Lt. Governor.  One of Mollis’s goals is to put the lieutenant governor and governor on a single ticket.

And that would require changing the state’s constitution, which means voters would have to decide whether they want their governors and lieutenant governors running on a single ticket. Mollis said linking the two offices would turn a lieutenant governor into a more formal advisor to the governor.

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Politics
9:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The Union Address

Four Rhode Islanders are joining the congressional delegation for tonight’s State of the Union Address.

Rhode Island’s senior Sen. Jack Reed’s guest will be Anne Nolan, president of the non-profit homeless agency Crossroads RI. Sen.

Sheldon Whitehouse is bringing businessman Scott DePasquale, the CEO of Utilidata, a company that moved to Rhode Island from Washington state two years ago.

Over in the House, Congressman Jim Langevin’s guest is Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods, a Burrillville company specializing in gourmet Italian meats.

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Business
5:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1 Percent

In December, Rhode Island's labor force totaled 550,500.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s jobless rate ticked up in December to land at 9.1 percent, that’s up from 9 percent in November.

During the late summer and fall, Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate had been gradually ticking down. But the seasonally adjusted rate for December reverses that course, inching up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. 

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Economy
8:45 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy

Rhode Island is currently tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment in the country.
Credit RIPR FILE

Political and business leaders are meeting in a couple events Tuesday looking at how to rev up the state’s economy.

The first event is a roundtable centered on the national issues, such as patents, facing the state’s innovation industry, and how this industry can help boost Rhode Island’s struggling economy.

Both Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will attend the roundtable, along with Congressman David Cicilline.

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RI News
3:09 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Tiverton Police Blame Crime in Fall River For Recent Spike In Break-ins

Tiverton police said they’ve seen double the number of home break-ins over the past two months. Capt. Patrick Jones said since December 1st there have been about 10 break-ins a month, that’s compared to the typical three to five per month.  Jones said right before Christmas they were seeing one or two a week.

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Education
4:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

URI Tapped For President Obama’s Latin American Initiative

The University of Rhode Island is one of four schools chosen to take part in President Obama's Latin American initiative.
Credit Courtesy: URI

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the University of Rhode Island Friday for being selected to take part in a presidential initiative to send more students to Latin America. URI is one of four school selected for the project.

The goal of the presidential initiative is have 100,000 American students studying in Latin America and to bring 100,000 Latin American students to the United States.

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Business
2:57 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Job Growth In RI Higher Than Expected

Numbers out of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training show there are more people working than originally thought.

The DLT compared quarterly tax data from employers with numbers out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that are estimates based on survey sampling. The tax data show Rhode Island gained 6,500 jobs between September of 2012 and September of 2013. That’s double the number based on federal estimates. 

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