Political Reporting

Missouri School of Journalism founder Walter Williams wrote, “I believe the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public.” Political reporting allows reporters to serve as the public trustees Williams wrote of. By developing a keen understanding of the policy questions facing leaders, I help hold policymakers accountable and assist voters in making informed decisions.

N.C. Lawmakers Weigh Banning Hair Discrimination

In early 2021, North Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation to ban discrimination based on hair styles or textures historically associated with race. I talked to a stylist and a customer about this impact this would have on Black women in particular.
Delays in the availability of 2020 census data due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant by early 2021, North Carolina election officials faced the likelihood of having to delay that fall’s municipal elections. In this story, I spoke to a city council member in Rocky Mount about the impact this would have on his plans to run for a second term.

Cooper Sworn In For A Second Term

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was sworn in for a second four-year term on Jan. 9, 2021. This live report recaps the inaugural events, truncated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and looks ahead to some of the challenges Cooper would face in his second term.

Trump Returns to Familiar Themes in First Post-Coronavirus N.C. Rally

I carried out this live shot and edited this package for our 5 p.m. statewide newscast following President Donald Trump’s visit to Greenville, NC on Oct. 15, 2020. This was President Trump’s first campaign event following his recovery from COVID-19.

Donald Trump Greenville visit noon live shot

A companion to the above story, this live shot previewed President Trump’s Oct. 15, 2020 rally in Greenville, NC. Like the package above, this live shot aired statewide on Spectrum News 1.

Prison Reform Act Advances

After years of complaints from North Carolina prison guards about working conditions, state lawmakers agreed to begin studying the issue.

Small Business Owners Say Healthcare Proposal Would Reduce Their Costs

When lawmakers proposed allowing small businesses in North Carolina to take part in association health plans, I talked to a Lee County grocer about how this would impact his stores. This report is for Spectrum News’ statewide political news show, Capital Tonight.

Voters Weigh In on Redistricting Plan

Voters from across the political spectrum voiced their frustration to North Carolina lawmakers as the state legislature once again redrew the Congressional map in November of 2019.