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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

McDonnell Reacts To Supreme Court Hearing

Sitting next to his wife Maureen and his youngest daughter Rachel, former Governor Bob McDonnell heard his lawyers appeal his 2014 corruption conviction before the U.S. Supreme Court.

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of the United States corruption case against former Governor Bob McDonnell.

He was optimistic speaking to the media after oral arguments. "Never during any time in my 38 years of public service have I ever done anything that would abuse the powers of my office."

Supreme Court Hears McDonnell Appeal

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of the United States corruption case against former Governor Bob McDonnell.

Justice Breyer repeatedly said that U.S. prosecutors charges were too broad asked them as well as defense attorneys for specific words that would have better outlined the terms of a corrupt agreement. Breyer said without clear guidance, politicians will not know what they are supposed to do and that would give dangerous power to criminal prosecutors.

McDonnell Appeal Goes to US Supreme Court Today

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the appeal of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2014 corruption conviction.

McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of accepting $177,000 in gifts, vacations and loans from a corporate executive in exchange for access to government officials to advance the company’s dietary supplement.

Defense attorney’s say that the definition of official acts that jurors were given was overly broad and that the conviction criminalizes the business of politics.

Mayor Jones, Squirrels, VCU discuss new ballpark near Diamond site

Mayor Jones and city officials are again talking with the Flying Squirrels and VCU about an alternate location for a new minor league ballpark.

The city administration says they are working to identify a site near the Diamond but not on the existing city owned 60 acre parcel of land where the current stadium is located between Boulevard and Hermitage Road.

A Former Felon Speaks Out After Her Rights Are Restored

In Virginia 206,000 ex-felons who have served their time got their voting rights back, with the stroke of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s pen.

In 1999, then 18-year-old Raja Johnson was convicted of grand larceny and lost her right to vote. In 2014 Governor McAuliffe restored that right to her. “And it sort of did something on the inside…and it gave me that motivation to go on.”

Johnson says she then turned her life around, returning to school. “I’ll have an associates degree in June. I’ll be going back for a bachelor’s degree. So it’s sort of made me feel more like a citizen.”

Experts Analyze McAuliffe’s Authority to Restore Civil and Voting Rights

As people react to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order today (4/22) restoring 206,000 ex-felons civil and voting rights, legal opinions vary.

Republicans have attacked the Governor’s actions election year politics, aimed at helping his long time ally Hillary Clinton in a swing state. They’ve circulated a letter from an attorney for former Governor Tim Kaine which concludes that a blanket executive restoration of rights is unconstitutional.

Gloucester Transgender Restroom Case Could Affect North Carolina Law

Now that a Federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled in favor of a 16-year-old transgender student seeking the right to use the boys bathroom, a challenge North Carolina’s controversial new law restricting transgender bathroom use could be affected.

Both Virginia and North Carolina are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of appeals. That court cited a guidance letter from the U.S. Department of Education which says that Title 9 protects against discrimination based on sex or gender identity.

Carl Tobias, Professor of Law at the University of Richmond:

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.