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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

VCU Signs Agreement with University of Havana

VCU has signed an agreement with the University of Havana to develop cooperative programs in a variety of academic disciplines studied at both institutions. VCU hopes to have student and professorial exchange programs and joint research projects as well as opportunities for students from both schools to work with private companies who wish to import and export goods between the U.S. and Cuba. Van Wood is a Professor of International Marketing and holds the Phillip Morris endowed chair at VCU.

McAuliffe Sees Opportunities and Challenges in Cuba

As Governor Terry McAuliffe begins his first trade mission to Cuba since the White House began to ease restrictions in late 2014, he says there are big opportunities and some big challenges.

Governor McAuliffe says while American companies are eager to sell products in the Cuban marketplace, the number one problem they have is access to capital.

The Governor says the simplest thing the U.S. could do to improve it’s business relationship with Cuba is to end the embargo. He’s calling on Congress to take action.

Governor McAuliffe Begins Trade Mission in Havana

Governor Terry McAuliffe has arrived in Havana with a large delegation for his first trade mission to Cuba since the U.S. began to normalize relations with the island country in 2014. The group includes representatives from Virginia’s agriculture, higher ed, construction and arts communities.

Governor McAuliffe says they’ve arrived at a unique point in time.

The Governor says many of the business leaders will ultimately be successful but warned that success may not come right away.

Richmond Police Chief Looking For Diversity On The Force

Richmond’s Police Chief Alfred Durham says his department is understaffed by roughly 7% below their full complement of 750 sworn officers. He’s trying hard to fill those empty positions.

As he does this, he’s looking for a police force that’s representative of the community they serve.

Chief Durham says the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri highlighted the need for more diversity nationwide.

Sturtevant Announces Fiscal Accountability Bills

Incoming 10th District State Senator, Republican Glen Sturtevant, says he’s introducing multiple bills that will make state departments more accountable and better stewards of Virginia’s tax dollars.

On the Richmond School Board Sturtevant introduced legislation to put the district’s check register online, now he says he’s drafted a bill to require the same thing of every school system in the commonwealth as well all other state departments and agencies.

White House Targets Richmond For Healthcare.gov Signups

It’s nearing the end of the third open enrollment period for Obamacare and the White House is working to engage communities with high percentages of their population uninsured to enroll in coverage plans. Richmond is one of those communities.

The White House says 70 percent of Virginians will be able to find plans for 75 dollars or less per month at healthcare.gov

18 million people nationwide have enrolled in the federal exchange since the law took effect.

GOP Lawmakers Ask Federal 3 Judge Panel To Put Redistricting Map On Hold

Republicans in Virginia’s congressional delegation are asking that a federal three-judge panel tasked with redrawing the state’s 3rd congressional district withhold their plan, because a possible reversal from the U.S. Supreme Court could unhinge a “historic campaign” by a black candidate in a new minority influenced 4th district.

The same panel has twice ruled that Virginia’s General Assembly packed black voters into the 3rd congressional district, weakening their voting power in others.

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