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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

State Secretary Of Health Issues Zika Tips

The State Secretary of Health says the Zika virus has yet to reach Virginia’s mosquito population, though there are a small number of human cases in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Secretary of Health Dr. Bill Hazel says Puerto Rico is the closest the virus has been detected in mosquitos, though 15 Virginia residents have now contracted the virus while traveling abroad.

No Richmond School Closures This Year, But Likely In the Future

The budget the Richmond School Board approved Monday (5/23) keeps all of the city’s schools open for another year, though board members say several schools will likely need to be shut down in future years.

The board’s facilities task force recommended rezoning the system while closing 16 schools, constructing 7 new ones and renovating the remaining buildings.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s New Congressional Districts

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a Republican challenge to Virginia’s new congressional map, which was redrawn after a federal three judge panel twice found that one district was racially gerrymandered.

The high court said Republicans did not have standing to bring the case as they could produce no injured party.

Previous rulings from the lower court panel found that Virginia’s Republican controlled legislature had packed black voters in the 3rd district, weakening their voting power in others.

A Statewide Shortage in Math Teachers Hits Mecklenburg Hard

There’s a shortage of math teachers in Virginia’s public schools that is becoming a big problem for school administrators as well as students who need to learn the material in order to graduate. For Learning Curve, Craig Carper spoke to Mecklenburg County Schools Superintendent Paul Nichols who says the problem is especially acute in his system.

Jamycheal Mitchell A "Victim Of Neglect and Torture" Says Former State Inspector General

A former state Inspector General says Jamycheal Mitchell, who died last year at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, was also the victim of neglect and torture as he awaited transfer to a mental health facility. A day after, Jamychael Mitchell’s family filed a $60 million dollar lawsuit against state and local officials and employees.

Former Inspector General Douglas Bevalacqua told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the mentally ill man’s treatment is a signal that “we have turned back the clock on the treatment of people with mental health issues by 150 years.”