The final week of the Virginia General Assembly session begins today as legislators continue their work to forge a compromise on a comprehensive transportation plan and Medicaid expansion.
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
A coalition of consumer protection advocates says laws regulating the payday lending industry are working to shield customers from excessive interest rates.
A select group of House of Delegates and state Senate members is working on a transportation compromise, trying to offer something that both chambers and ultimately the Governor can live with.
A coalition of first responders is asking the state to fund fully the Line of Duty Act, which pays benefits to families of fallen officers and those severely wounded while doing their jobs. Craig Carper reports.
Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved Gov. McDonnell’s Educator Fairness Act, which would extend new teachers' probationary window from three to five years and make it easier for school administrators to fire teachers deemed incompetent. Craig Carper reports.
A bill that many Democrats say would allow campus organizations to discriminate against individuals based on political and religious criteria or sexual orientation has passed both chambers of the General Assembly.
Both the House of Delegates and state Senate have approved identical bills with broad bipartisan support to make texting while driving a primary offense.
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will take center stage during budget negotiations between the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.
The off-year Senate redistricting manuever, denounced by Democrats and others, was shut down yesterday by the Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates, Bill Howell.
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan has failed in the state Senate, with two separate amended versions of the bill being voted down by both Democrats and Republicans.