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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

Virginia House Passes Bill To Allow Officers To Carry Firearms On School Property

The House of Delegates has passed a bill 78 to 19 that would allow retired law enforcement officers serving as school security officers to carry firearms while on duty. Currently in Virginia, only school resource officers, armed employees of local police departments, are allowed to carry firearms on school grounds.

Republican Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William hopes to change that. “They’re trained in active shooter, they understand how to do this and who better to have in our schools as a role model.”

Advocacy Group Seeks To Outlaw Gerrymandering

The non-partisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is asking the General Assembly to approve legislation that would make political gerrymandering illegal.

Currently, Virginia lawmakers draw their own district lines and those for the state’s congressional representatives. Critics say this allows elected officials to choose their voters, rather than voters choosing their elected officials.

Nearly 200 advocates came to the state capitol on Monday (1/23) hoping to change that process.

Bathroom Bill Killed In Assembly

The Republican led House General Laws sub-committee has killed a bill that would require individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their sex at birth.

The bill’s patron, Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William, argued that the bill protected children and adult’s privacy in restroom and changing facilities. “These people down here were too timid to defend your daughter’s safety...I am totally astounded.”

Republicans have argued that since the issue is currently before the Supreme Court, passing legislation would be premature.

Mitchell Family Pleas For Mental Health Reform In Justice System

The family of a mentally ill man who died in Hampton Roads regional jail following alleged mistreatment and neglect came to the state capitol on Wednesday (1/18) to ask lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to anyone else.

In 2015 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell, a mentally ill man arrested for stealing $5 worth of junk food from a convenience store, died while serving 4 months in Hampton Roads regional jail of extreme weight loss and heart problems.

Dominion Refund Bill Killed In Senate

A bill that would have required Dominion to once again refund excess profits to consumers following a biannual review has been killed for the year by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

In 2015 the General Assembly approved a bill that would allow Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power to keep roughly $45 more per customer each year. They were previously required to pass money back to the consumer if they earned “excessive profits” following a biannual rate review.

Marshall Pushes Bathroom Bill

There were strong reactions at a press conference at the state capitol today (1/12) from dozens of supporters and opponents of a bill that would require transgender people to use the restroom or locker room corresponding with their biological sex.

The bill’s patron, Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William, says his legislation is about privacy. “Parents who want to preserve the safety of their children are acting out of love. Not bigotry.”

Marshall Introduces Transgender Bathroom Bill

Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William County has introduced a bill similar to the North Carolina law requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex listed on their birth certificate. The bill would apply to all government owned buildings, including public schools and the DMV.

It would also require public school principals to notify parents within 24 hours if a child requests to be recognized as a member of the opposite sex.