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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

Virginia Holds Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

The next school year is just a few weeks away and it’s time again to stock up on pencils, paper, notebooks, scissors and glue sticks. The state is once again giving parents and teachers a little bit of help…school supplies $20 dollars and under are tax free this weekend.

Virginia’s sales tax holiday runs from Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 9th.

Kristen Larson, Vice Chair of the Richmond City School Board encourages parents and teachers to take advantage.

Herring Highlights TRIAD’s Work at Protecting Seniors

Attorney General Mark Herring spoke yesterday (Tuesday 8-4) in Fluvanna County to commemorate the reintroduction of TRIAD, a program designed to coordinate services and resources to protect seniors against fraud.

Herring says scam artists are becoming more brazen and using new technology to victimize seniors and steal their money and sometimes their identity.

Herring says recently scam artists unsuccessfully used his name and office as Attorney General in emails to demand money from seniors.

McAuliffe Says Biden Would Make a “Great Presidential Candidate”

Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s closest allies, says he’s not threatened by the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden joining the field of candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.

Though he’s endorsed Hillary Clinton, Governor McAuliffe says Vice President Biden is also a long time friend and would make great Presidential candidate.

McAuliffe served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House and as co-chairman of then President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.

Accused Russian Taliban Fighter “Just Doing God’s Work”

At the U.S. Eastern District Court in Richmond, testimony continued yesterday (8/3) in the federal trial of accused Russian Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin who faces 12 charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against American and Afghan soldiers.

Jurors observed video footage taken by Army helicopters of the air strike that led to Hamidullin’s capture.

Trial of Accused Russian Taliban Fighter Continues Today in Richmond

The federal trial of accused Russian Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin continues this morning (8/3) at the U.S. Eastern District Court in Richmond.

The 12 Count indictment charges that in 2009 Hamidullin led a conspiracy to use weapons of Mass Destruction against Afghan Officials and American service members.  No Americans or Afghanis were injured but Hamidullin was hit by gunfire and shrapnel and seriously injured. 

He could face a life sentence if he is convicted on all counts.

Republicans Nominate Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for VA Supreme Court

A week after Governor Terry McAuliffe nominated Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush to Virginia’s Supreme Court, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have nominated a different candidate.

Nearly 20 members of the Fairfax Delegation from both parties signed a letter in support of Roush, including the Republican Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee Delegate Dave Albo.

Now Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for the same seat.

Theismann: “Proud to be a Redskin”

Former Redskins Quarterback Joe Theismann, who is in town for the team’s 2 week training camp in Richmond, is weighing in on the ongoing controversy surrounding the team’s name.

Theismann says he hasn’t heard the term Redskin used to refer to anything other than the team since he was a child watching western movies.

Theismann says the Redskins name has been a part of the team for nearly 85 years and ultimately the decision to change it or not rests with the team’s owner, Dan Snyder.

McAuliffe Unveils FAMIS Enrollment Program to Commemorate Medicaid Anniversary

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday (7/30) a new back to school enrollment plan for FAMIS a federal assistance program for underprivileged families.

The plan coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan announced last fall set a goal of enrolling 35,000 additional children in the FAMIS program by the end of 2016. Since then 17,000 have signed up.

The Governor used the opportunity to once again call on the General Assembly to expand Medicaid.

McAuliffe Responds To Planned Parenthood Controversy

Governor Terry McAuliffe is dismissing calls from House Republicans to open an investigation of Virginia’s Planned Parenthood Clinics to determine if they are profiting from the sale of fetal tissue, as has been suggested by a recent series of videos produced by a conservative anti-abortion group.

McAuliffe says Virginia’s abortion providers are strictly licensed and regulated and that he believes the GOP is trying to exploit the recent Planned Parenthood videos for political gain.