Catherine Welch

Medium Station Representative

Catherine Welch is news director at WMFE. Before moving to Florida she was news director at Rhode Island Public Radio. Previous roles as news director include WHQR in Wilmington NC and KBIA in Columbia MO. 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. 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. 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.

Ways to Connect

Have you or has someone you know been working in a one-person shop and been in public radio less than a year? Well, PRNDI is offering one conference scholarship to just such a person.

The scholarship covers conference registration and $500 toward hotel and travel.

The new clocks presented challenges for most newsrooms producing local newscasts. The biggest concern was, of course, how to fit everything into a smaller news hole.

In my newsroom, we’ve nicknamed our newscast spots “news haikus."  There was a lot of copy left on the proverbial cutting room floor in the first weeks of the new clocks as reporters adjusted to writing for a smaller hole.

“It’s just too short to provide a meaty newscast,” said one host in response to PRNDI’s call for comments.

What would you do if your newsroom has been reporting on a high-profile missing girl for months. She returns, putting her face and name back into the news, only to have accusations surface of sexual assault. Do you still use her name? That was the issue recently facing New Hampshire Public Radio. News director Sarah Ashworth discussed how they grappled with covering the story.

NPR’s senior editor of standards and practices Mark Memmott offers the top ten sticky ethical issues that surface regularly at the network. You can check out his Power Point here