Since August, 2010, the Rhode Island Public Radio newsroom has been headed up by News Director Catherine Welch. Friday is Catherine’s last day. She’s leaving for a job in Orlando, Florida where she will be news director at the public radio station WMFE.
Orlando is the 33rd largest television market in the country, and WMFE is a growing station covering Orlando, Daytona Beach and the Space Coast. Catherine has family in Central Florida and is looking forward to being closer to them as well.
Two stories that will stand out during her time in Rhode Island are the bankruptcy of Central Falls and the overhaul of the state pension. Both provided a rare opportunity to write the first draft of history on something that affected so many people. She is proud of the work the Rhode Island Public Radio newsroom did on both stories and has no doubt that they will continue to do award winning work in the future.
Morning host Elisabeth Harrison will step in as interim news director while Paul Zangari will take over the microphone in the morning.