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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

Prosecutors Oppose Maureen McDonnell’s Request to Delay Her Appeal

Federal Prosecutors say former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell’s appeal of her 2014 corruption convictions to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court should proceed as planned in October.

Attorneys for Mrs. McDonnell have requested her appeal be delayed until after the Supreme Court decides whether to hear her husband, former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption appeal.

Prosecutors say it’s in the public’s intereste to resolve the case as soon as possible.

JLARC Report Shows Fifteen Percent Increase In State Spending

The General Assembly’s internal watchdog group, JLARC says state spending has increased by 15% over the past 10 years.

Virginia’s economy is growing at roughly half the rate of the nation as a whole.

Republican Delegate Steve Landes of Weyers Cave says multiple factors are responsible for Virginia’s lower incoming tax revenue.

Virginia’s unemployment rate is slowly but steadily declining, though the economy has not bounced back as quickly as many had hoped.

Herring Says Heroin And Prescription Drug Deaths Rise, But Progress Has Been Made

Attorney General Mark Herring says one year after the implementation of his plan to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse progress has been made but fatalities continue to rise and there is more work to be done.

The Chief Medical Examiners says 728 Virginians lost their lives in 2014 to heroin and prescription drug overdoses, over 3,000 in the last five years alone.

Attorney General Mark Herring says that’s a staggering and disheartening number, but progress has been made.

Kasich Believes in Path to Legalization Not Citizenship

Speaking to several hundred people during a town hall campaign stop at the University of Richmond yesterday Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich, told supporters that he believes in a path to legalization for illegal immigrants but not to citizenship.

Governor Kasich says those who immigrated to the country illegally but have since obeyed our laws, should have to pay a penalty but be allowed to stay.  

Kasich says the United States needs a physical border but that we should maintain guest worker programs.

Same Sex Marriage Legalized in Virginia 1 Year Ago Today

It’s been one year since same sex marriage was legalized in Virginia.

Attorney General Mark Herring, who worked to overturn Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage, says the anniversary shows that Virginia is open and welcoming to all and that discrimination is not tolerated and no longer sanctioned by the Commonwealth.

Kasich Says Medicaid Expansion is Working in Ohio

During a town hall campaign stop at the University of Richmond today (10/5) Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich, told a group of several hundred why he expanded his state’s Medicaid program.

Kasich says those addicted to drugs can receive treatment through Medicaid and save the states money that would otherwise go to incarceration, and that the working poor could get preventative care and save the shared expense of their emergency room treatment.

McAuliffe Says Congress Needs a Real Budget

Last week Congress temporarily avoided large reductions in federal funding that remove billions of dollars in defense and other areas right here in Virginia, but Governor Terry McAuliffe says the hard work is yet to be done.

The cuts are still pending but the deadline was moved from October 1st to December 11th.

For now in the absence of a new budget, Congress is keeping the country running on a continuing resolution.

Governor McAuliffe says these CR’s don’t help Governors across the country.

McAuliffe Touts New Pre-K Funding, Promises More K-12 Dollars in December

Yesterday Governor McAuliffe visited Ecoff Elementary School in Chester to observe one of the newest pre-k classrooms in the state made possible by a 17.5 million dollar federal grant for the VPI Plus program.

Governor McAuliffe says the grant allows Virginia to provide pre-k for about 13,000 additional students over the 4-year period.

McAuliffe has said new investment in public education will be the centerpiece of the budget he introduces in December.

Gun Rights Supporters React to Governors Gun Control Proposals

Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah, a member of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee says proposed legislation that would restrict the gun rights of those convicted of domestic violence or those with protective orders filed against them, is the wrong way to combat the problem.

Gilbert says demonizing firearms doesn’t make sense when there are other deadly weapons without the same level of regulation.

Gilbert says there are already federal laws that do what the Governor is proposing but that the concept is a bad one.