Catherine Welch

Director of News

Catherine Welch is the Director of News at KUNC. Before moving to Colorado she was news director at WMFE in Orlando, Florida. Previous roles as news director include Rhode Island Public Radio, WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina and KBIA in Columbia, Missouri.

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, North Carolina 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, California and at the cable technology network formerly known as TechTV.

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The patriarch of the Denver Zoo’s giraffe herd has died. The zoo says it put Dikembe down Thursday.

For several years, zoo staff treated Dikembe for a host of health issues, and when he showed signs of declining health they decided to put him down.

Dikembe was 24 years old, and the zoo says that made him the oldest male giraffe in North America.

He fathered 17 offspring while at the Denver Zoo.

Dikembe will be remembered by zoo staff as a “gentle, charismatic and goofy” giraffe