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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

Rights Restoration Bill Approved In Senate

Today (2/7), on a party line 21-19 vote, the Senate approved a proposal which could give voters the opportunity to change the way ex-felon’s rights are restored in Virginia. The legislation would reduce executive clemency power and require ex-offenders pay all of their court fees before regaining their right to vote.

Democrats like Senator Mamie Locke rejected the proposal. “I am somewhat baffled, as to why in a Democracy, which means Government by the people, that we continue to create barriers to citizens participation in a basic process of that Democracy, which is voting.

Bills Die In General Assembly Ahead Of Crossover Deadline

The General Assembly is approaching it’s Tuesday night crossover deadline (2/7) when the House and Senate must complete work on their own legislation and send it to the other chamber.

Democrats are complaining that some of their bills are not getting heard in Republican led House committees.

Democratic Delegate Jennifer Boysco’s bill to prohibit the General Assembly from creating additional barriers to abortion services failed to get a hearing.

They’ve killed bills to raise the minimum wage, to establish paid family leave, and to help students refinance their loans.

Republicans Present Green Energy Bills

A group of Republican lawmakers presented a series of clean energy bills today (2/2) to advance solar, energy efficiency and energy storage technologies. The legislators say conservation is part of a conservative “all of the above” energy agenda.

Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) said, “The key to really, really making renewables take hold and making them a much more important part of the energy picture in Virginia is the ability to store the excess energy when it’s produced.”

Commonwealth of Virginia Joins Federal Lawsuit Against President Trump

The Commonwealth of Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his temporary order restricting immigration and suspending admission of refugees.

Aziz v Trump was filed by two brothers who are lawful permanent U.S. residents but were forced on Saturday by U.S. customs agents to give up their green cards upon returning to Dulles airport from Yemen.

Attorney General Mark Herring joined the case late yesterday, saying “This order is unlawful, unconstitutional and un-American. Action is required.”

Disabled Virginians Call On Lawmakers to "End The Wait" For Services

Over 100 Virginians with disabilities and their families came to Capitol Square on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to “End the Wait” for community based services.

Currently over 11,000 Virginians receive treatment for developmental disabilities in their community, but another 11,000 are waiting on Medicaid waivers to get the same services.

Advocates say community-based services are not only the right way to provide treatment, they’re also less expensive than institutional care.

Union Members Rally For Pipeline

Dozens of union members held a rally at Capitol Square today (1/30 in support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If approved the 600-mile natural gas transmission pipeline would run from West Virginia through the western part of Virginia and into North Carolina with a lateral line running to Chesapeake.

Labor representatives say the project would support 8,800 jobs during the two-year construction period and 2,200 jobs in manufacturing and related industries once the pipeline is complete.

New Legislation Would Block State Regulated Monopolies From Political Contributions

Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has introduced legislation that would prevent Dominion Virginia Power or any other state regulated monopoly from donating money to political campaigns. Dominion Virginia Power has given over $750,000 dollars to Virginia politicians on both sides of the aisle in the last year alone.