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Catherine Welch

Catherine Welch

News Director

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.



Recent Stories from Catherine Welch

Education Desk: A Look At Florida’s Textbook Law



A new state law allows any Florida resident to question what’s being taught in the state’s public schools. A handful of complaints have been filed in school districts across the state since the law took effect in July.












Education Desk: What Is Florida Virtual School?



Twenty years ago, the state established the first statewide public high school that was Internet-based. Florida Virtual School now teaches students K through 12. From the Education Desk, 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with school CEO and President Jodi Marshall to find out how the virtual school works.






FEMA: ‘A Lot Wrong’ With Puerto Rico Contract 



WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says there was “a lot wrong” with a $300 million no-bid contract awarded to a tiny Montana company to aid Puerto Rico.



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