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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

Hillary Clinton Pledges Stronger Gun Laws

At a rally in Alexandria today (10/23) for grassroots supporters, Hillary Clinton pledged to protect Americans from what she calls the plague of gun violence.

Clinton says the majority of Americans and gun owners agree for stronger gun safety laws.

Clinton says the NRA represents gun manufacturers and sellers as opposed to gun owners. She called on them to start a competing organization. Clinton told supporters congress has given the gun industry immunity from litigation for just about everything, she vowed to repeal that law if elected.

Hillary Clinton Rallies Grassroots Supporters in Alexandria

Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton was in Alexandria this afternoon (10/23) with Governor Terry McAuliffe to rally grassroots supporters who are working hard collecting signatures to put her on the ballot.

Clinton says most people’s paychecks haven’t budged in years and that as President she would raise the minimum wage and tackle income inequality.

Clinton took several opportunities to attack republicans for what she says are divisive outdated policies but said she would be able to work across the aisle as she did in the Senate and as Secretary of State.

Federal 3 Judge Panel Upholds 2011 House Redistricting Plan

In a 2-1 decision yesterday (10/22), a federal three-judge panel has upheld 12 majority black districts in the House of Delegates that plaintiffs said diluted African American’s voting power.

The plaintiffs alleged that the House had racially gerrymandered the districts, which is illegal, but the court ruled that they were politically gerrymandered which is legal.

Webb Drops Out of Democratic Race, Considers Independent Run

Jim Webb is withdrawing his bid from the Democratic Nomination for the Presidency and says he’ll spend the next few weeks evaluating running as an independent.

Webb says that on many issues he’s not compatible with the hierarchy of the Democratic Party and Vice Versa.

He believes that the paralysis in both political parties right now could provide an opportunity for an independent candidate to win the White House.

Webb, who has struggled to fundraise says he believes he would have significant financial help if he were to run as an independent.

Webb Considers Run as an Independent

Virginia’s former U.S. Senator, Democrat Jim Webb says he’s considering running as an independent for President of the United States.

Webb has called a press conference for 1:00 p.m. today (10/20) where he will discuss his future plans and his views on both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Webb has a history of working with both. Before serving as a Democratic Senator, he was assistant secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy for President Reagan.

McAuliffe Bans Guns in Most State Buildings

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that will ban guns in nearly all state office buildings and establish a joint task force to prosecute illegal gun sales in Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe has made gun control a top priority during his administration but has been thwarted at every turn by Republicans in the General Assembly. Now he’s doing what he can on his own.

Republicans say while enforcing existing laws is good, the firearms ban is shortsighted, and will leave law abiding citizens defenseless to violent acts rather than protect them.

Kaine Holds Criminal Justice Reform Roundtable in Richmond

Senator Tim Kaine was in Richmond yesterday (10/15) for a roundtable discussion with non-violent ex-offenders about the challenges of returning to their communities following incarceration and strategies to reduce recidivisim.

Kaine says for the first time in decades both parties recognize the need to reform the criminal justice system.