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A free series of virtual conversations

About the ‘Ten for NC’ series

‘Ten for NC,’ features special guests in conversation about many important issues facing North Carolina, such as the environment, coronavirus, the rise of news deserts, change agents for rural North Carolina and kids after COVID, among others. A Q&A session follows the conversation allowing the audience a chance to participate. All sessions will be recorded and published on carolinapublicpress.org. The series is part of CPP’s yearlong 10th anniversary celebration.

The events are free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. The events are designed to keep North Carolina informed, engaged and tuned into the issues that matter most to communities across the state.

Events schedule

(subject to change)

  • May 5: News deserts and ghost newspapers: What’s happening in North Carolina
  • June 24Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and what it means for North Carolina. Featuring Deborah Ross, the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, based in Raleigh; Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of NCCASA (North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault), Carianne Fisher, Executive Director and Kathleen Lockwood, Policy Director, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and our lead investigative reporter, Kate Martin.
  • July 8—North Carolina’s Business Climate After COVID. In partnership with Business North Carolina. Featuring Dr. John Gossett, President, AB Technical Community College; Business NC Editor David MildenbergLeah Wong Ashburn, CEO, Highland Brewing; Christopher Chung, CEO Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Wit Tuttell, Executive Director of VisitNC. Sponsored by AB Tech Community College.
  • August 19—Literary North Carolina: Drawing inspiration from the Tar Heel state. A panel of authors and literary experts will discuss North Carolina as a popular setting and literary inspiration and explore why our state is such a fertile resource for authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, essay, etc. Let’s talk about why N.C. is such an attractive setting, authors and their N.C. writing roots and N.C.’s loyal readers. Register soon!
  • August 26—Amazing kids living in a COVID world: What does the world look like for kids post-COVID as they return to school and other in-person activities? A panel of experts … and KIDS … will explore the issues surrounding getting back into the classroom, vaccines and what the new normal will look like as kids emerge from the pandemic’s grip. Registration coming soon!
  • SeptemberInvestigative reporting in the South: The good, the bad, the hard
  • Game changers: NC leaders making a difference in rural communities
  • Mid NovemberLet’s get political: A conversation with NC’s top political leaders
  • Mid December2021, that’s a wrap: Ask us anything, special guests and prize

We are continuing to add events and information, check back often!


Event recordings

Check back often; we are adding events and panelists on an ongoing basis!

July 8, 12 noon via Zoom

North Carolina’s Business Climate After COVID

In partnership with Business North Carolina. Featuring Leah Wong Ashburn, CEO, Highland Brewing; Christopher Chung, CEO Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; Dr. John Gossett, President, AB Technical Community College; Business NC Editor David Mildenberg. Sponsored by AB Tech Community College. Register now.

In partnership with Business North Carolina.

June 24, 12 noon, via Zoom

Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and what it means for North Carolina.

Featuring Deborah Ross, the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, based in Raleigh; Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of NCCASA (North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault), Carianne Fisher, Executive Director and Nisha Williams, Legal Director, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and our lead investigative reporter, Kate Martin

Watch the recording here:


Previous events

May 2021

News deserts and ghost newspapers: What’s happening in North Carolina

Penny Abernathy, visiting professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, talked with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome about the threats news deserts and ghost newspapers pose to communities, and whether nonprofit journalism has and can make a change in North Carolina. A former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and the former Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, Abernathy has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive. She has extensively researched and spoken on the rise of news deserts and ghost papers and the threat it poses to democracy. 

Watch the event here: