In addition to our regular daily news reporting, Carolina Public Press conducts many ongoing, in-depth projects that investigate some of the most complex and pressing issues in North Carolina.
Grappling with food insecurity in North Carolina
The Faces of Hunger project is a yearlong journalism and community dialogue initiative from Carolina Public Press that focuses on issues of hunger and food insecurity in rural North Carolina. Through in-depth multimedia reporting, resource sharing and free community events, Carolina Public Press will spotlight the issues and systems contributing to hunger and food hardship, which impact an estimated 1.5 million North Carolinians.
High-impact investigative stories, keeping watch on public officials and shining light on tough topics: The best from Carolina Public Press in 2019.
Food insecurity drives hunger in entire families, but often hits children the hardest. School and community programs targeting children seek to help.
Some seniors raising their grandchildren in North Carolina find the social safety net wasn’t designed with food for their families in mind.
Child hunger and senior hunger in rural North Carolina will be one focus of free public forum exploring causes and potential solutions to food insecurity.
Justice elusive for NC sexual assault survivors
Analysis of 4 ½ years of North Carolina court data shows that about 1 in 4 sexual assault defendants who were charged and had their cases resolved in that time window were convicted of either sexual assault or a reduced and related charge. Of those cases in that time period, 50 defendants went to trial; 23 were found guilty. But individual counties had different outcomes. More than 30 of the state’s 100 counties had no sexual assault or reduced-charge convictions at all. A few were well above the statewide level.
In the wake of concerns from a rural nonprofit and questions from the attorney general, HCA stands its ground on sexual assault nurse examiners.
Data shows NC sexual assault cases taking years to resolve, whether due to strategic delays by attorneys, evidence testing issues or court procedures.
Signature of Gov. Roy Cooper makes NC sexual assault legislation law, closes loopholes and offers protection for child victims.
CPP lead investigative reporter Kate Martin discusses her coverage of NC sexual assault laws and the road to last week’s passage of reforms.
North Carolina testing of prison inmates for COVID-19 lags behind other states, despite several large outbreaks affecting staff and prisoners.
Sheriff: Cried when watching videos that led to charges against his deputies, nurse.
Judge: Releasing video of deadly jailhouse injuries ‘necessary to advance a compelling public interest’
Deputies and jail nurse face criminal charges in December death of John Neville in Winston-Salem. CPP part of news media coalition that petitioned for release of footage.
Carolina Public Press takes part in news media coalition petitioning judge in Winston-Salem hearing over video said to show jailed man’s deadly injuries.
Prisons not providing court with information and not complying with several parts of order to prevent further COVID-19 spread, judge says.
With 90-day comment period underway, observers say those concerned about the proposed management plan for Western NC forests have time to offer opinions.
US Forest Service weighing public comment as it moves toward final forests management plan, but major collaborative groups divided over key issues.
Buck Project to harvest trees in Nantahala National Forest. Advocates say US Forest Service failed to weigh public comments opposing this action adequately.
Most Western NC counties oppose more federal protection for areas inside their borders. Buncombe is an exception, wants more protection for 16,000 acres.
Two meetings on U.S. Forest Service schedule of open house sessions across Western North Carolina have been cancelled, with 90-day comment period underway.