Welcome to The Kicker from Carolina Public Press, a North Carolina news show bringing you conversations with journalists, sources and newsmakers from across the state.

Host and producer of The Kicker from Carolina Public Press, Peter Kent (seated), is joined by guests Executive Director Angie Newsome and Board of Directors member David Hurand to talk about why CPP was started and its transformation to a statewide news organization focused on independent, in-depth and investigative news. Davyne Dial / WPVM.org

In this episode, host and producer Peter Kent talks with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome and CPP board of directors member David Hurand about the award-winning nonprofit newsroom and its journalism.

In this episode, we discuss:

Carolina Public Press’s transformation. Launched in 2011, Carolina Public Press is transforming from a regionally focused news organization to the go-to sustainable independent, in-depth, investigative news arm for North Carolina. Here’s CPP’s plan. It’s also where Newsome writes, “I approach journalism with stubborn hope and optimism.”

Carolina Public Press’s independent, in-depth and investigative reporting. The organization won first place for investigative reporting among online news organizations in North Carolina fora statewide investigative project on adult care homes in North Carolina — the primary source of housing for those living with mental illness and who need access to 24/7 care.

We talk about a private equity merger impacting eight hospitals in North Carolina, a move that has largely flown under the radar and impacts rural communities across the state.

When it comes to national forests in the state, the majority are in North Carolina’s mountains. The future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, 1.1 million acres of public land in North Carolina, is up for debate as they are undergoing a remanagement effort that will impact the state’s westernmost counties for 20 years.

Coming up on The Kicker

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