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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 Capitol Events during the General Assembly Session on WCVE PBS, a daily one-minute update on legislative issues.

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

Craig has contributed over 100 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 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

Anhueser-Busch to Purchase Devil’s Backbone

Anhueser Busch will purchase the Nelson County based Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company in a deal announced yesterday afternoon (4/12), the details of which are still developing.

Shelf space for traditional beer brands is shrinking as the craft brew industry continues to grow. Larger companies like Anhueser Busch have noticed and are trying to acquire some of those same craft brew companies.

Robert Kelley, Assistant Professor of Management at the VCU School of Business says for a rapidly growing company like Devil’s Backbone, the sale makes sense.

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Allow School Security Officers to Carry Firearms

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would allow school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. The bill would have authorized retired law-enforcement officers who later become school security officers to carry a firearm on duty if they meet the firearms training standards for active law-enforcement officers, if the local school board grants them the authority to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties, and they are not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.

Report Finds Failures At Every Level in Death of Jamychael Mitchell

A state Inspector General’s report says failures at every level of the state system led to Jamychael Mitchell’s death in the Hampton Roads regional jail last August.

Jamychael Mitchell spent 4 months in jail for stealing $5 worth of snack food before he died of malnutrition awaiting a court ordered transfer to Eastern State Hospital.

The report says he was improperly assessed by doctors and nurses at the jail as well as state a local mental health providers and that his record of medical and mental health care services were incomplete and inconsistent.

McAuliffe Vetoes Education Bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed several bills that he says would weaken Virginia’s public schools.

The first bill would give students the option to transfer from the state’s 12 lowest performing schools selected by the State Board of Education to another public school within the division.

Another would redirect public school dollars to Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts to pay for educational services outside the public school system.

Senator John Miller of Newport News Dies

Democratic State Senator John Miller of Newport News passed away suddenly Monday morning (4/4) after suffering a heart attack at age 68.

Miller had a long and varied career as a journalist for WVEC TV, as top aid to Senator Paul Trible in the 1980’s and as an administrator for WHRO public broadcasting and Chriostopher Newport University before his election to the state Senate in 2007.

Democratic Senator Don McEachin of Henrico who was elected that same year said said Miller did many things to make Virginian’s lives better.

Morrissey Announces Run for Mayor of Richmond

Outside the Satellite Lounge on Jefferson Davis highway yesterday evening (3/31) former Delegate Joe Morrissey spoke to hundreds of supporters to kick off his campaign for Mayor of Richmond. Joined by his 20-year old fiancé Myrna Warren and their two infant children, the 58 year old Attorney told his supporters he would fight for the people.

Morrissey says he’ll work to fix the city’s basic core needs and infrastructure, repairing potholes and sidewalks and increasing leaf, snow and surface water removal services.

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Block State Funds for Planned Parenthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill today (3/30) that would have banned state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Currently Planned Parenthood gets no state or federal funding for abortion services.

Brian Coy, Spokesman for Governor Terry McAuliffe, says the bill would have prohibited these dollars from being spent on other services the clinics provide that many women rely on unrelated to abortion.

Mental Health Advocates Want Answers in Jamycheal Mitchell’s Death

Mental health advocates are asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to force the State Inspector General to immediately release it’s report into the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, a mentally ill man who died in a Portsmouth jail last year.

Jamychael Mitchell spent 4 months in jail for stealing $5 worth of snack food before he died last August while awaiting a court ordered transfer to Eastern State Hospital.

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