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About Cardinal & Pine

Cardinal & Pine is a progressive news outlet that believes at its core in facts first. 

Created in 2020 by Courier Newsroom, Cardinal & Pine is composed of North Carolina-based journalists who’ve made uncovering the truth their top priority. 

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. 

We strive to produce local journalism and storytelling that is thoughtful, informative, and relevant to all North Carolinians. Our team aims to cover the people and the communities that are too often overlooked by traditional outlets, as well as the role federal and state policymakers play in our lives and in our communities.

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.  


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