Catherine WelchNews Director
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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
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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief center in Orlando will transition from a FEMA center over to the Small Business Administration.
The number of juveniles in Orange and Osceola counties getting civil citations instead of being arrested for low-level misdemeanors is up.
Scientists say they see the fingerprint of climate change in these storms, but it’s too soon to say whether this is a new normal.
A new program was unveiled Tuesday to get scores of homeless people housed by the end of March. The key will be getting landlords to open their doors.
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped in October to 3.6 percent. Analysts say it’s a sign that the economy is recovering from Hurricane Irma.
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.
Congressman Darren Soto says nearly 100,000 Puerto Ricans have fled to Florida since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says while he has expressed interest in leading the University of Central Florida, he plans instead to run for re-election in 2019.
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.