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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

McAuliffe Discusses Possibilities for Filling Kaine’s Seat

Clinton campaign officials say that the former Secretary of State could announce her Vice Presidential pick as soon as Saturday (7/23). Sources close to the campaign say Virginia’s Junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack top the list.

If he’s selected, filling Kaine’s seat would be the responsibility of Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton friend and ally. McAuliffe would make an interim appointment, then a special election would be set for November of 2017.

State Supreme Court Hears Rights Restoration Arguments

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday (7/19) in state Republicans challenge to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s blanket restoration of rights to 206,000 ex-felons.

The Justices questioned the Republicans standing to bring the case, asking if the Governor’s actions produced an injured party. The Republicans council said the new voters would dilute existing voters influence

Though Justice Bill Mims appeared troubled by the Governor’s refusal to release a list of the 206,000 felons whose rights were restored.

Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretarys Vilsack and King Kick Off Summer Meals Program

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe was joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Education John King at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Petersburg Tuesday (6/7) to give kids nutritious breakfasts to kick off the start of the National Summer Meals Program.

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.

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