Rob Schofield

Rob Schofield

NC Newsline Editor Rob Schofield oversees day-to-day newsroom operations, authors and voices regular commentaries, and hosts the 'News & Views' weekly radio show/podcast.

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Powerful NC congressman announces he will not seek reelection

By: - December 5, 2023

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, arguably the highest ranking and most powerful member of North Carolina’s congressional delegation, will not seek reelection. The ten-term congressman from western North Carolina issued a statement today saying he will retire when his current term ends in January of 2025. The following is an excerpt: McHenry was first elected to […]

Donald Trump points to his read hat which reads "make American great again"

As the 2024 campaign gets underway in NC, a shadow looms

By: - December 5, 2023

American history has been marked by more than a few momentous elections that dramatically altered national and world history. One shudders to think, for instance, what might have happened to the nation had Abraham Lincoln not somehow prevailed over three opponents in 1860 and George McLellan in 1864, or if Franklin Roosevelt had somehow lost […]

President Biden speaks at a podium

Biden celebrates North Carolina’s expansion of Medicaid, calls for strengthening the ACA

By: - December 1, 2023

As has been widely reported, today — December 1 — is the day North Carolina becomes the 40th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 adults who lacked health insurance yesterday, now have it. And if officials, providers, and nonprofits do an effective job of outreach and enrollment, another 300,000 could […]


Sobering data on kids and social media

By: - November 30, 2023

Learn more here: Anxiety and algorithms: NC policymakers examine how to rein in social media’s sway

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and Senate President Phil Berger

NC Senate leader endorses Lt. Gov. Robinson for governor

By: - November 29, 2023

The person often identified as the most powerful Republican in North Carolina state government has endorsed the state’s current highest-ranking Republican in the race for governor. As had been expected by many observers ever since the two men shared a stage last April when the candidacy was announced, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger of […]