About Cardinal & Pine
Cardinal & Pine believes at its core in facts first. Created in 2020 by Courier Newsroom, we are North Carolina-based journalists who’ve made uncovering the truth our top priority. Our goal is to take news and information that people can’t relate to about their government and make it relatable.
We believe the key to a strong democracy is an informed electorate and that the decline of local news around the country has negatively impacted civic engagement. The shuttering of local newsrooms has also led to a rise in unchecked misinformation and political polarization — and this is all happening at a time when we need to come together, as Americans and as North Carolinians.
Because whether you live in North Carolina’s mountains or the Coastal Plain or in the Piedmont or the Outer Banks, we all want reliable information about the things that matter most: public education, access to healthcare, the economy, and our government leaders. But we go deeper on these critical issues to find the faces and the places behind every story, to find the families most impacted by the global pandemic and a wounded economy, to explore the ways income inequality impacts North Carolina families, and to address the systemic injustices that have plagued North Carolina’s Black and brown families for generations.
We strive to produce local journalism and storytelling that is thoughtful, informative, and relevant to all North Carolinians. We aim to cover the people and the communities that are too often overlooked by traditional outlets—which includes everything from an interview with North Carolina’s poet laureate to spotlighting some of the state’s bizarre destinations.
After all, there’s more to North Carolina than what’s happening in Raleigh, Charlotte, and other big cities, and we aim to fill that gap.
About Courier Newsroom
Cardinal & Pine is owned and operated by Courier Newsroom, a civic media company. The managing editor of each site, in addition to Courier Newsroom’s editor-in-chief, has sole discretion and control over the editorial process.