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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

Mayor Jones, Squirrels, VCU discuss new ballpark near Diamond site

Mayor Jones and city officials are again talking with the Flying Squirrels and VCU about an alternate location for a new minor league ballpark.

The city administration says they are working to identify a site near the Diamond but not on the existing city owned 60 acre parcel of land where the current stadium is located between Boulevard and Hermitage Road.

A Former Felon Speaks Out After Her Rights Are Restored

In Virginia 206,000 ex-felons who have served their time got their voting rights back, with the stroke of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s pen.

In 1999, then 18-year-old Raja Johnson was convicted of grand larceny and lost her right to vote. In 2014 Governor McAuliffe restored that right to her. “And it sort of did something on the inside…and it gave me that motivation to go on.”

Johnson says she then turned her life around, returning to school. “I’ll have an associates degree in June. I’ll be going back for a bachelor’s degree. So it’s sort of made me feel more like a citizen.”

Experts Analyze McAuliffe’s Authority to Restore Civil and Voting Rights

As people react to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order today (4/22) restoring 206,000 ex-felons civil and voting rights, legal opinions vary.

Republicans have attacked the Governor’s actions election year politics, aimed at helping his long time ally Hillary Clinton in a swing state. They’ve circulated a letter from an attorney for former Governor Tim Kaine which concludes that a blanket executive restoration of rights is unconstitutional.

Gloucester Transgender Restroom Case Could Affect North Carolina Law

Now that a Federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled in favor of a 16-year-old transgender student seeking the right to use the boys bathroom, a challenge North Carolina’s controversial new law restricting transgender bathroom use could be affected.

Both Virginia and North Carolina are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of appeals. That court cited a guidance letter from the U.S. Department of Education which says that Title 9 protects against discrimination based on sex or gender identity.

Carl Tobias, Professor of Law at the University of Richmond:

Anhueser-Busch to Purchase Devil’s Backbone

Anhueser Busch will purchase the Nelson County based Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company in a deal announced yesterday afternoon (4/12), the details of which are still developing.

Shelf space for traditional beer brands is shrinking as the craft brew industry continues to grow. Larger companies like Anhueser Busch have noticed and are trying to acquire some of those same craft brew companies.

Robert Kelley, Assistant Professor of Management at the VCU School of Business says for a rapidly growing company like Devil’s Backbone, the sale makes sense.

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Allow School Security Officers to Carry Firearms

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would allow school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. The bill would have authorized retired law-enforcement officers who later become school security officers to carry a firearm on duty if they meet the firearms training standards for active law-enforcement officers, if the local school board grants them the authority to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties, and they are not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.

Report Finds Failures At Every Level in Death of Jamychael Mitchell

A state Inspector General’s report says failures at every level of the state system led to Jamychael Mitchell’s death in the Hampton Roads regional jail last August.

Jamychael Mitchell spent 4 months in jail for stealing $5 worth of snack food before he died of malnutrition awaiting a court ordered transfer to Eastern State Hospital.

The report says he was improperly assessed by doctors and nurses at the jail as well as state a local mental health providers and that his record of medical and mental health care services were incomplete and inconsistent.

McAuliffe Vetoes Education Bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed several bills that he says would weaken Virginia’s public schools.

The first bill would give students the option to transfer from the state’s 12 lowest performing schools selected by the State Board of Education to another public school within the division.

Another would redirect public school dollars to Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts to pay for educational services outside the public school system.