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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

Our Sincere Apology

To our 88.9 WCVE listeners -- Unfortunately there was content within a 88.9 WCVE news report which aired this morning that was inconsistent with our values and respect for our listeners.

Background sound of the WDBJ7 shootings was included in a report on the story. Many listeners found this gratuitous and unnecessary. I understand and agree with your concerns.

Our Sincere Apology

To our 88.9 WCVE listeners -- Unfortunately there was content within a 88.9 WCVE news report which aired this morning that was inconsistent with our values and respect for our listeners.

Background sound of the shooting in Roanoke was included in a report on the story. Many listeners found this gratuitous and unnecessary. I understand and agree with your concerns.

Governor Terry McAuliffe Makes Surprise Visits To State Agencies

Governor Terry McAuliffe likes to make surprise visits to state agencies. He says it gives him a great opportunity to engage with state employees in a way he can’t by reading agency reports.

I had the opportunity to join the Governor for a recent unannounced stop at the Department of Juvenile Justice Training Center in Hanover.

Several Dozen Gather To Protest Natural Gas Expansion

Several dozen protesters gathered outside of Dominion Virginia Power this afternoon (8/18) to send a message to Dominion, FIRC and Governor McAuliffe to speak against the expansion of natural gas infrastructure.

Whitney Whiting, a community organizer with Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, says Governor McAuliffe has refused to meet with those opposed to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Lehigh Silo Demolition Makes Room for Green Space

Yesterday afternoon (8/13) Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones was on hand to kick off the demolition of the Lehigh Cement Silos, which he says marks the beginning of the transformation of the downriver portion of the Riverfront.

The silos will be gone by the end of the month, replaced by a new park that connects Shockoe Bottom to Rockett’s Landing and terraces that take visitors to the water.

Jones says it’s just part of a lot of good news for the area recently including upcoming improvements to port of Richmond, the recently announced Low Line project with CSX and Capitol Trees.

House Announces Redistricting Session Agenda

House Republican leaders have announced they will return to Richmond on Monday (8/10) to begin the process of adjusting the 3rd congressional district, which a federal court found was racially gerrymandered and ordered redrawn by September 1st.

After a full day of meetings, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed changes before the House Privileges and Elections Committee at 3:00 p.m.

Americans For Prosperity Rally To Protest Clean Energy Plan

The conservative tax policy group Americans for Prosperity held a rally at the University of Richmond yesterday (8/10) to protest the EPA’s Clean Energy Plan which will require Virginia to cut emissions by 15% but 32% nationwide over the next 30 years.

Though the rules for Virginia are less stringent than those originally planned when proposed last year, conservatives say coal remains under attack from every angle.

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