Sarah Ovaska-Few

Sarah Ovaska-Few, former Investigative Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch for five years, conducted investigations and watchdog reports into issues of statewide importance. Ovaska-Few was also staff writer and reporter for six years with the News & Observer in Raleigh, where she reported on governmental, legal, political and criminal justice issues.


Five things to know about the next big North Carolina voting rights case

By: - August 4, 2022

Moore v. Harper case could free states to alter the fundamentals of federal elections The U.S. Supreme Court is prepared to hear Moore v. Harper later this year, an important case that could upend how elections are conducted across the country. What’s at stake: The case involves a fringe legal theory called the “independent state […]

The UNC system endures a tumultuous year

By: - December 22, 2015

The past year was a whirlwind for the state’s acclaimed public university system, beginning with the surprise ouster of its much-respected president and ending with the selection of a successor whose career has been deeply steeped in national Republican politics. In between, the governing board of the university system saw significant infighting among members on […]

UNC Board of Governors face protest, chooses new board chair and interim president

By: - December 11, 2015

It was a busy day at the final meeting of the year for the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors meeting. A half-dozen group of student and faculty protesters disrupted Friday’s meeting with their objections to the selection of Margaret Spellings as the next UNC president, according to WRAL. Protestors outside the #uncbog meeting […]

Company gets economic development dollars, as it moves jobs from one NC city to another

By: - December 11, 2015

Earlier this week, the McCrory administration announced what seemed to be a big win for the state – Corning Optical Communications is moving its headquarters to Charlotte, bringing 650 people to work in the area. The fiber optic cable manufacturing company ‘s new headquarters will have space for 150 new workers, a designation that makes […]

UNC system at risk

By: - December 11, 2015

The tumultuous political changes that have swept over North Carolina this decade have not spared the state’s public universities. The 17-campus UNC system stands out nationally, especially in the South, for its quality, affordability and independence. It boasts the nation’s first public university; the prestigious N.C. School of Science and Mathematics for the state’s brightest […]

Constant Distress — Karen Turner recounts medical and other expenses the couple incurs while her husband David shifts to find a comfortable position to sit. (Photo by Ricky Leung)

Yanking away the ladder

By: - December 3, 2015

David Turner’s spine and back issues cause him nearly constant pain and distress, keeping him inside his house most days and unable to meet with clients for his web design business or care for his two children. A medical test would clear Turner for steroid shots to lessen the pain, but the $5,000 price tag […]

Top state Sen. Apodaca leaving state legislature, vacancies abound

By: - November 30, 2015

There’s some more shakeup in the state legislature, with today’s announcement by powerful state Sen. Tom Apodaca that he won’t run again. Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican, told the Charlotte Observer that he was ready to leave the politics, given the changes the state has seen since Republicans took over both houses of the state legislature […]

Out-of-state online college favored by legislature halts NC enrollment while waiting for approval

By: - November 18, 2015

An online college granted money in the last state budget is facing snags enrolling North Carolina students. Western Governors University stopped accepting students from North Carolina this fall because it hasn’t yet gotten the required approval from the state university system. The online college had been enrolling students previously, despite warnings from the UNC system […]

Lake Lure charter school suspends school clubs following uproar over LGBT group

By: - November 16, 2015

A Lake Lure charter school suspended all of its extra-curricular clubs last week after controversy erupted over a new club that supports lesbian, gay and transgender students. The board of directors for Lake Lure Classical Academy, which serves students from kindergarten through high school in Rutherford County community, voted for the temporary suspension of extra-curricular […]

UNC governing board will give lawmakers closed-door details about chancellor raises

By: - November 13, 2015

The governing board of the state’s public university system decided Friday to hand over audio recordings and documents to legislative leaders from a closed-door discussion last month raising the pay of a dozen chancellors. Friday’s  meeting of the university system’s Board of Governors was called in order to deal with a request from Republicans state Senate […]

UNC Board of Governors hold unplanned meeting Friday, while legislature demands information on chancellor pay

By: - November 12, 2015

Lawmakers want to know more about the closed-door session held last month by the governing board of the state’s public university system, in which most chancellors received significant raises during a secret portion of the meeting. “On behalf of the Speaker and the President Pro Tem, pursuant to G.S. 120-19, I am writing to request […]

UNC Board of Governors gave chancellors raises of up to $70,000 in closed-door meeting

By: - November 2, 2015

The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors raised the salaries for 12 of the system’s chancellors during a closed session meeting Friday, giving pay raises of 8 to 19 percent to the top campus administrators. The salary amounts were released publicly Monday, with the heads of the state’s two flagship campuses receiving $50,000 and $70,000 […]