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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

Super Tuesday Looms In Virginia

Virginians will cast their ballots this Super-Tuesday (3/1). Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both enjoy big leads here.

All the candidates have made appearances the state over the past week. Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders rallies were well attended, though Rubio lacks support among the growing anti-establishment movement in the GOP and Sanders has yet to build the same kind of enthusiasm among African-Americans that the Clintons have maintained for years.

Rubio Visits James River High School

Republican Presidential hopeful, Senator Marco Rubio rallied thousands of supporters at James River High School in Midlothian Sunday (2/28) where he discussed his vision for America and took shots at Donald Trump.

Senator Rubio says the 2016 election will help define the direction of the Republican Party and the country for the 21st century.

A February 16th Christopher Newport University Poll showed Trump in the lead among likely GOP voters with 28%, ahead of Rubio with 22%.

McAuliffe Visits Waverly In Wake Of Deadly Tornado

In a Waverly, Virginia a community is devastated following severe storms and a tornado that left three dead.

Craig Carper joined Governor Terry McAuliffe who surveyed the damage there today (2/25).

Governor McAuliffe says crews are responding well. He’ll file for emergency relief funds with FEMA next month.

The Governor spoke to Timothy Williams who was sitting in a car when the tornado hit and destroyed his trailer.

Willams says he’s thankful to be alive.

The National Weather Service is still investigating reports of 13 tornados in Virginia.

Former President Bill Clinton Campaigns For Hillary in Richmond

Winning in Virginia will be critical to sealing the Democratic nomination for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s what her husband, former President Bill Clinton told a full house at the Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward last night (2/24). “We need to win in Virginia. We need every vote in Virginia.”

While making that case last night, the 42nd President spoke of the need to embrace America’s cultural diversity, particularly Muslims and the LGBT community, instead of tearing them down as he said the GOP is doing.

Trump Speaks at Regent University

Republican Presidential Frontrunner Donald Trump was at Regent University today (2/25), making his case to voters and answering questions from Pat Robertson.

It was at Liberty University in Lynchburg a month ago that Trump made his 2 Corentheans gaffe. But fresh off his win in Nevada, it does not appear to have hurt him with evangelicals.

Trump says that after Pope Francis called the businessman’s thoughts on immigration unchristian, the pontiff called him to apologize.

Pat Robertson asked Trump about selecting the next Supreme Court Justice.

Sanders Rallies Thousands in Norfolk as He Seeks to Close Gap with Clinton

Ahead of Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary next week, Democratic Senator and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders rallied thousands of supporters in Norfolk today (2/23) trying to erode Hillary Clinton’s double digit lead.

In a February 16th CNU Poll, Sanders trailed Clinton by 12 points with 40% of the vote to the former Secretary of State’s 52%.

Sanders performs better among young people though Clinton is stronger among African-American voters.

Though Sanders says the higher the turnout, the better he will perform on Tuesday.

At VCU Town Hall, Kasich Touts His Experience and Independence

With one week until Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke to hundreds of voters yesterday evening for a Town Hall forum at VCU’s medical campus. Governor Kasich made his appeal to both establishment voters and those frustrated with the process noting while he’s got decades of experience within the system he’s maintained his independence throughout that career. Kasich took questions from the audience on immigration, social security, student debt, mental health and world affairs.

House Will Work to Repay Money Borrowed During Recession

The House and Senate will unveil their budgets on Sunday (2/21). Though senior negotiators say we’ve had several years of surplus revenues, they’re still working to undo the damage done by the great recession.

The House of Delegates hopes to begin fully funding the state’s retirement system this year, as well as accelerating a $189 million dollar plus interest repayment to the pension plan.

They’ll also put potential surplus dollars toward outstanding bonds for construction projects across the Commonwealth.

Assembly 2016: Airbnb Bills Advance Despite Concerns from Localities and Hotels

The House and Senate have passed bills that allow limited residential lodging service websites such as Airbnb and FlipKey to do business in Virginia, though localities and the hotel industry have concerns.

The bill’s house patron, Republican Delegate Chris Peace of Hanover says the sites will create jobs, grow Virginia’s travel industry, allow homeowners to earn income, and create millions of dollars in new revenue for cash strapped local governments.