He was once one of the state’s most popular politicians, and remains perhaps the most idiosyncratic governor North Carolina has ever had. Since he left office and was convicted of a felony, he’s hardly been heard from. We went looking for him. // AP Photo, Karen Tam
Craig Whitlock got his start scouring North Carolina for stories. Today, his seminal work on Afghanistan is a must-read for a nation trying to understand what went wrong in its twenty year war some seven thousand miles away.
The lieutenant governor made waves when he announced a new effort to investigate indoctrination in the state’s schools. Multiple experts say his secretive approach breaks state law // AP Photo, Gerry Broome
Powerful Senate Rules Committee Chair Bill Rabon made it his mission to legalize medical marijuana after a grueling fight with cancer. A decade after his election, he’s finally poised to make good on that promise // Photos by Eamon Queeney
In the summer of 1967, the slaying of Brenda Joyce Holland, a college student working behind the scenes for The Lost Colony outdoor drama in Manteo, became one of North Carolina’s most high-profile murder cases of that era. The mystery behind her death endures // Image Courtesy of The Coastland Times
Durham-based photographer and father Cornell Watson traveled the state photographing Black dads—capturing the complexity of raising Black kids
A murder 50 years ago rattled Chapel Hill’s Black community, laying bare the college town’s persistent inequality. As the university renames a slate of buildings on campus, it’s time for its historical reckoning to expand to its relationship with the town around it.
From The Assembly's Newsletter: Reaction and Pushback from Last Weekend's Bombshell Story on Nikole Hannah-Jones and Walter Hussman Jr., a Statement from Dean King, and an Update on the Greensboro Hog-tying Story
The tech giant’s proposed RTP campus, and its quieter investment in the foothills, demonstrates the unsettling power of global companies to shape a state like North Carolina. // Art by The Assembly
Kel Landis III personified civic leadership in small town and big city North Carolina alike. In the wake of his early death, what can his ethos of “losing yourself in doing” teach us about priorities in a reopened world? // Illustration by Carolyn Figel
Across two narrow strips of sandy, marshy land, a team of volunteers is making Currituck County unique in answering a statewide call to document lost Black gravesites. What can their efforts teach us about remembrance and memorial? // Illustration by Isabel Seliger
A new novel imagines a North Carolina that avoided the school resegregation of the ‘90s and explores the family struggles and community tension that accompany the fight to maintain integration. But the book takes a broad brush to the idea of place, leaving a North Carolinian reader feeling a little overtroped and underwhelmed.
The past decade has seen landmark shifts in public opinion on LGBTQ rights. In North Carolina, Republican control has led to a backlogged wish list as advocacy groups work to drag the state up to national standards. Is this session when the dam breaks? // Art by Rob Dobi
A look at The Assembly’s game plan to create an ambitious read for a growing state // Art by The Assembly
North Carolina’s paltry hate crime legislation trails the rest of the nation. Now, with the blockbuster HB2 fight fully in the rearview, is the state finally ready to expand its protections? // Illustrations by Derek Abella
How North Carolina’s legacy of a “citizen legislature” endures, with far-reaching effects on the state and its General Assembly // art by Rob Dobi
An interview with writer Belle Boggs and a look at the reporting behind "Today's Outlaws" // photography by Carolyn de Berry
An interview with writer Kevin Maurer and a look at the reporting behind "The Motivations of Phil Berger" // photography by Andrew Craft