WRAL investigative reporter Cristin Severance discusses the new documentary “Leandro: The Case for a Sound Basic Education”

BY: - March 21, 2022

The latest WRAL documentary dives into the facts of the case, its impact on students in North Carolina and why there could finally be a resolution.  Click below to listen to our interview with documentary producer Cristin Severance. Watch the full Leandro documentary here.

White supremacists, rumors and demonstrators in Durham

BY: - December 11, 2017

Back in August, after demonstrators brought down a Confederate statue outside the Old Durham County Courthouse, a rumor spread that the Sons of Confederate Veterans — or was it the Klu Klux Klan? — would be rallying in downtown Durham. What happened next was fascinating – a huge, counter-protest movement materialized which turned the afternoon […]

Confederacy in the capitol

BY: - August 28, 2017

If you missed last weekend’s great piece on the state capitol’s Confederate monuments by WRAL’s Tyler Dukes, make the time to check it out today. From the piece: Although statues in Durham and on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have become flashpoints for protesters in recent weeks, the old State […]

Wade criticizes governor as he vetoes her newspaper bill

BY: - July 18, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would have led to Guilford County newspapers losing government advertising revenue. The bill, put forward by state Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), did not pass with enough support to overturn a veto. It’s a political loss for Wade, who has had fierce struggles with the News & Record – the […]

Mark Binker, a force in NC politics and journalism

BY: - May 1, 2017

Sad news this weekend as we all learned about the sudden death of political reporter Mark Binker at 43. Binker covered North Carolina politics for The News and Record in Greensboro, where I was lucky enough to be one of the many young journalists who worked with and learned from him. He moved to WRAL, […]

Another 1,500 jobs at stake as HB2 gridlock continues

BY: - March 3, 2017

There’s already a lot at stake in the battle over repealing HB2. In addition to what’s obviously at stake for LGBT North Carolinians, the state stands to lose millions in revenue related to major sports events as it faces boycotts. Now, WRAL reports, a company will likely bring 1,500 jobs to Wake County – with […]

The ins and outs of the failure to repeal HB2

BY: - December 22, 2016

If you’re looking for an thorough, down-the-middle, on-the-spot look at the forces that led to the failure of HB2 repeal in North Carolina General Assembly Wednesday, you can’t do better than this breakdown by WRAL’s Mark Binker. The argument over who is to blame for the wheels coming off Wednesday’s effort will likely rage into […]

N.C. State Board of Education “moving with deliberate speed” on achievement school districts

BY: - July 8, 2016

Members of the State Board of Education indicated in a conference call Thursday that, given Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to approve a controversial bill authorizing a for-profit, charter takeover of five low-performing schools, they intend to move quickly in implementing the legislation’s reforms. “We’re moving with deliberate speed here because there’s a lot to be done […]

Ethics forms ready for public consumption, thanks to Raleigh TV station

BY: - February 19, 2013

Hats off to WRAL and Mark Binker, one of the station’s investigative reporters, who put together an online (and searchable!) database of statements of economic interest for the public to use. The ethics forms, referred to as SEIs in the jargon-laden halls of state government, are required to be filed out by elected state leaders […]