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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

General Assembly Approves $50 Civil Fine for “Dooring” Bicyclists

A bill headed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk would hold car drivers responsible if they injure oncoming byciclists by opening a car door in their path. The bill would establish a $50 civil fine for drivers who open their vehicle door into oncoming traffic.

Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has been the patron of the bill for five years, inspired by his political director Alex Parker who was injured by a car door.

Between 2010 and 2015, 74 people, including 15 bicyclists, have been injured in 233 reported accidents caused by “dooring.”

Warner Discusses Entitlement Reform At Monacan High School

Virginia’s senior Senator Mark Warner (D) held a town hall with high school students at Monacan High School discussing entitlement reform, student debt and working across the aisle in an increasingly partisan Washington.

Warner says few millenials expect that Social Security or Medicare will still be solvent to help support them when they retire, but that some simple changes could preserve the programs for the next generation.

Warner told students he’s also hoping to draft legislation that would make employer provided benefits portable in the gig economy.*

Transition Age Foster Services Caught in Budget Limbo

Governor Terry McAuliffe included funding Foster care services for transition age youth, those 18-21, in his introduced budget. The House and Senate are now negotiating whether those dollars should stay in.

There are approximately 500 kids who age out of Virginia’s foster care system every year at 18. That’s the highest rate in the nation.

The Senate budget includes 1.9 million in state dollars to match 4 million in available federal funding for these services. The House budget does not.

CenterStage Becomes Dominion Arts Center

Today (3/3), Richmond CenterStage officially became the Dominion Arts Center as the performing arts complex and Dominion Resources unveiled it’s new Marquee. The naming rights came with a $5.5 million dollar investment from Dominion.

Tom Farrell, the companies’ President and CEO says the Dominion Arts Center will help continue to sustain Richmond culturally and economically.

Clinton Campaigns In Virginia

Today is Super Tuesday when Virginia and 11 other states will select their picks for the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees. Yesterday Hillary Clinton made two stops in the Commonwealth to ask for voter’s support.

Clinton told supporters at George Mason University she’ll defend the Affordable Care Act, reduce student debt, work for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship and expand rights for workers, women, the LGBT and voters.

She says this stands in stark contrast to what Republican candidates are promising to do.

Super Tuesday Looms In Virginia

Virginians will cast their ballots this Super-Tuesday (3/1). Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both enjoy big leads here.

All the candidates have made appearances the state over the past week. Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders rallies were well attended, though Rubio lacks support among the growing anti-establishment movement in the GOP and Sanders has yet to build the same kind of enthusiasm among African-Americans that the Clintons have maintained for years.

Rubio Visits James River High School

Republican Presidential hopeful, Senator Marco Rubio rallied thousands of supporters at James River High School in Midlothian Sunday (2/28) where he discussed his vision for America and took shots at Donald Trump.

Senator Rubio says the 2016 election will help define the direction of the Republican Party and the country for the 21st century.

A February 16th Christopher Newport University Poll showed Trump in the lead among likely GOP voters with 28%, ahead of Rubio with 22%.

McAuliffe Visits Waverly In Wake Of Deadly Tornado

In a Waverly, Virginia a community is devastated following severe storms and a tornado that left three dead.

Craig Carper joined Governor Terry McAuliffe who surveyed the damage there today (2/25).

Governor McAuliffe says crews are responding well. He’ll file for emergency relief funds with FEMA next month.

The Governor spoke to Timothy Williams who was sitting in a car when the tornado hit and destroyed his trailer.

Willams says he’s thankful to be alive.

The National Weather Service is still investigating reports of 13 tornados in Virginia.

Former President Bill Clinton Campaigns For Hillary in Richmond

Winning in Virginia will be critical to sealing the Democratic nomination for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s what her husband, former President Bill Clinton told a full house at the Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward last night (2/24). “We need to win in Virginia. We need every vote in Virginia.”

While making that case last night, the 42nd President spoke of the need to embrace America’s cultural diversity, particularly Muslims and the LGBT community, instead of tearing them down as he said the GOP is doing.