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Craig Carper is the News Director for 88.9 WCVE Public Radio. Craig studied journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked in broadcast news since 2001. He’s worked in various capacities covering Virginia politics for WCVE PBS since 2006. For six years starting in 2009 he served as the political reporter for 88.9 WCVE before being promoted to News Director in July of 2015.

Craig served as the host of Assembly '17 (previously titled Capitol Events) during the General Assembly Session on WCVE PBS, a daily 90-second update on legislative issues.

In 2012 he conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. In 2015 he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter.

In 2016 he provided daily updates from Havana on Governor Terry McAuliffe's trade mission to Cuba. 

Craig has contributed over 140 nationally run news stories to NPR and has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

He's served as a moderator or panelist at debates for U.S. Senate, Congress, Mayor and other state and local elected offices. 

He’s covered 3 Governors, the 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial campaigns, the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Senate races, the 2012 Presidential campaign and in 2014 he provided daily national coverage of the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell for NPR.

Articles by Craig Carper

Smart Beginnings Releases School Readiness Plan for Kids 0-5

Nearly a quarter of kindergarteners in Richmond need literacy intervention. By third grade, about half of students fail the SOL math test. The coalition Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond is working to address these challenges with a school readiness plan. 

Jacque Hale says learning begins even before a baby is born. She’s Director of Programs and Community Impact at Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. She says a few simple activities make a big difference: reading, singing and playing.

Virginia’s Childhood Poverty Rate has Increased by 7 percent According to a New Study

As childhood poverty rates have dropped nationally by 5 percent, Virginia’s childhood poverty rate has increased by 7 percent according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual Kid’s Count study shows that child poverty is shifting and diversity is growing.

All Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Support Changes to Virginia's Partisan Redistricting Process

The non-partisan redistricting group One Virginia 2021 says all of Virginia's candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor this year support changes to Virginia's partisan redistricting process. 

One Virginia 2021 has been holding round tables across the Commonwealth with the statewide candidates and members of the public.

Brian Cannon, Executive Director of the group, has been pleased with the discussions.

House Rejects Medicaid Expansion -- Again

The House of Delegates has rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe’s most recent effort to draw down federal funding from the Affordable Care Act to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

Republican Delegate John O’Bannon of Henrico says Virginia has done all it can afford to do to expand the health care safety net. “Current Medicaid is 22% of the General Fund, growing at 9-10% a year, it’s still growing and it’s already crowding out other essential services like transportation and public safety,” said O’Bannon.

Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Sells 2 Northern Virginia Television Stations for $182 million in FCC Spectrum Auction

Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, the parent organization of WCVE Public Radio, WCVE Public Television, WHTJ Public Television and WCVW Public Television has sold two television stations in Northern Virginia (WNVC in Fairfax and WNVT in Goldvein/Washington) in the FCC Spectrum Auction for a total of $182 million.

Commonwealth Public Broadcasting CEO Curtis Monk talks with WCVE Public Radio News Director Craig Carper about the sale’s impact on our organization.

McAuliffe Signs Bills Targeting Opioid Abuse

Governor Terry McAuliffe says over 1,000 Virginians lost their lives to opioid abuse last year. Today (2/23) he signed several bills which aim to combat the problem.

One bill would allow community organizations to dispense Naloxone, a drug which can reverse an overdose in progress. Ginny Atwood Lovitt says that drug would have saved her brother’s life. “I talk to people all the time who have used this and it’s very easy and fast acting. Sometimes people will go from laying on the ground blue to walking and talking in 30 seconds to a minute,” said Lovitt.

Immigration Bill Passes In Assembly

On party line votes in both houses, the General Assembly has passed a bill that would require localities to cooperate with the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to the fullest extent allowed by Federal Law. 

Republican Senator Bill Stanley of Franklin spoke about one of his law clients who was in the U.S. illegally and was blackmailed into assisting drug cartels. “It is not so much him that I do not want in this country. It is the one that kills others, threatens others and makes good people do bad things. Or does bad things to good people,” said Stanley.

McAuliffe Vetos Planned Parenthood Bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would block state funding for Planned Parenthood centers across the Commonwealth.

The Governor called the bill discriminatory and a disincentive for businesses who want to invest in Virginia. “We work every single day to make sure that Virginia is providing the best healthcare that we can to each and every one of our citizens. That isn’t just for men. It’s for men and women,” said McAuliffe.

Planned Parenthood’s supporters say the clinics provide valuable non-abortion related health services to women.

Environmental Advocates Visit Capital Square

Dozens of environmental advocates came to Capitol Square on Monday (2/20) to ask lawmakers to reduce carbon emissions.

Alden Cleanthis with Mom’s Clean Air Force says cleaner air would protect the people who have to breath it and reduce global warming. “Twice in the last five years, Richmond has been named the Asthma Capitol of the entire nation. So clearly we have some work to do in Virginia and that work starts with asking our elected officials to address these issues, first and foremost for our children,” said Cleanthis.

Ticket Resale Bills Pass Both Houses

Bills that would allow Virginians to resell their concert and sporting events tickets have passed both houses of the General Assembly by wide margins.

Currently customers of companies like Ticketmaster and StubHub can resell tickets to the distributer, but they will forfeit their service fees. Ticketmaster prohibits the resale of tickets through any other method than their website.