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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

CoStar to Bring 732 Jobs to Richmond

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (10/24) that CoStar, the real estate company behind, will move their offices to downtown Richmond, bringing 732 jobs.

The company tracks commercial real-estate in the North America and Europe. Fortune Magazine ranks CoStar as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the world.

Andy Florence, CEO of CoStar says Richmond was the ideal location to find talented people as their growth continues.

WCVE Exclusive 4th District Congressional Debate

WCVE hosts an exclusive debate between Virginia's 4th district candidates for U.S. Congress, Democratic Senator Donald McEachin of Henrico and Republican Sheriff Mike Wade of Henrico.

The debate was moderated by WCVE News Director Craig Carper, Richmond Times Dispatch Politics Editor Andrew Cain, WCVE's Political Reporter Saraya Wintersmith and Politics Reporter for the Virginian Pilot Patrick Wilson. 

The debate was sponsored by the Virginia Capitol Correspondants Association. 

Republican Lawmakers say McAuliffe’s Medicaid Expansion Plan is DOA…Again

Among the recommendations Governor Terry McAuliffe introduced today (10/13) is a renewed plan to expand Medicaid. Virginia Republicans say…again…that plan is dead on arrival.

Matt Moran, Spokesman for Speaker of the House Bill Howell says expanding Medicaid would be unsustainable for Virginia.

Holsworth Weighs In On Debate

After a night of fierce attacks on each other’s running mates, a lengthy discussion on foreign policy and a lot of interruptions, the overall effect of last night’s Vice Presidential debate on the state of the race remains to be seen.

Longtime Political Analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth said Tim Kaine was more aggressive litigator than America’s Stepdad.

Ben Stein Speaks To Richmond Ahead Of Election

On Thursday evening (9/29) economist, commentator, actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein spoke to a capacity crowd of 650 people at Randolph Macon college in Ashland about modern life and politics in America ahead of the November election.

Stein says he’s never seen people more interested in politics than this year. “I think we’re seeing two of the most ruthless and tough people we’ve ever seen running for office and two of the most dishonest.”