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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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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Transportation
3:46 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Report Offers Different Ways To Pay For Bridge Funding

A report on bridge funding will be presented Wednesday, January 15th at 4pm in Room 35 at the Statehouse.
Credit RIDOT

The legislative commission formed after controversy erupted over tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge will present a report Wednesday at the Statehouse. The report looks at ways to fund the maintenance of Rhode Island’s bridges.

After much ado, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority capped the Sakonnet Bridge toll at ten-cents until lawmakers can come up with an alternative.

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RI News
1:46 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

RI State Police: DUI Arrests Up In 2013

Rhode Island State Police said there have been more than 500 DUI arrests in 2013. That's up from 2012, and doesn't count the busy New Year holiday.
Credit file / RIPR

The Rhode Island State Police have beefed up patrols, cracking down on drunken drivers. State police are also pulling over drivers for texting and driving and not wearing a seat belt.

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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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