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Craig Carper is the News Director for 88.9 WCVE Public Radio in Richmond, Virginia. Craig is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he majored in Journalism. Craig has worked in broadcast news since 2001 and covered Virginia politics for WCVE PBS Television since 2006. From 2009 through 2015 he was the political reporter for 88.9 WCVE News, and then was promoted to his present position as News Director. 

Craig served as the host of Assembly '18 (previously titled Capitol Events) on WCVE PBS Television, presenting daily updates on legislative issues during the General Assembly session.
Craig has conducted exclusive interviews with former President Barack Obama while in office and with former President Jimmy Carter. In 2014 he provided daily national coverage of the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell for NPR.
In 2016 he travelled to Havana to cover and provide daily broadcast updates of Governor Terry McAulliffe’s trade mission to Cuba. 
Over 150 of Craig’s reports have been broadcast nationally by National Public Radio and he has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and the
Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC
Craig Carper has served as a moderator or panelist at broadcast debates for U.S. Senate, Congress, Mayor and other state and local elected offices.  
Craig has covered the administrations of four Governors, the 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial campaigns, the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Senate races, the 2012 Presidential campaign.

Articles by Craig Carper

Embattled Northam Mulls Future As Calls For His Resignation Grow

The recent discovery of a racist photo on Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page has drawn calls for his resignation from every corner of the Virginia political establishment and beyond.

The photo shows one man in blackface and another hooded and dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes.

Casino Gambling Under Consideration In Virginia Cities

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers came together today to promote legislation that would allow the cities of Portsmouth, Bristol and Danville to put the question of approving casino gambling on the ballot.

Democratic Senator Louise Lucas of Portsmouth says that casinos would bring much needed cash and jobs to their respective regions.

“So we’re hoping that the Governor and the General Assembly, and we’re counting on them to let us control our own destiny to help these regions of the state that are in jeopardy of being left behind. Let us create our own destiny.”

How Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling Created a $140,000 Job for Himself at JMU

WCVE's News Director, Craig Carper sat down with Richmond Times Dispatch Politics Reporter Patrick Wilson to discuss his recent story that outlined how former Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling created a $140,000 job for himself at James Madison University, shortly after his term expired on the University's Board of Visitors.