Sabrina Jackson waits while her dad Jack Jackson fills out a ballot at the St. Paul's National Guard Armory on Election Day on November 3, 2020 in St. Pauls, North Carolina.  (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)
Make Elections Matter Again, North Carolina. Ban Gerrymandering.

Why North Carolina’s high court might finally do something about the cheating in our ever-gerrymandered state.

Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Brown's killing made NC the center of the racial justice movement in 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The 4 North Carolina Stories That Changed the Way I Think In 2021

Every journalist has a preconceived notion of the story, no matter what they tell you. These stories made me think twice about those notions. 

A massive wildfire has been burning at NC's Pilot Mountain since Saturday, torching hundreds of acres. (Photo by Richard Hill)
Pilot Mountain Is Burning. North Carolina, Climate Change Just Got Personal.

We can't be in denial any longer. Expect more blazes like this in North Carolina as the planet warms. 

A mob of white supremacists murdered dozens of Black locals and ran Black leaders out of town in 1898 during the Wilmington Massacre. Here the mob stands outside the ruins of Wilmington's Daily Record, the only Black-owned paper in the state. (Public Domain Image)
North Carolina’s Wilmington Massacre and Trump’s Insurrection Really Aren’t So Different

Madmen, mobsters, and racists took NC to a dark place 123 years ago. I fear Trump-backed insurrectionists would lead us to a similar hell.

Native North Carolinian Nina Simone is among the musicians featured on our list of songs to hear from NC. (Shutterstock)
NC Music Is Deep and Diverse: Here Are 10 Songs by North Carolinians to Add to Your Playlist

C&P takes you on a tour of North Carolina musicians, with overlooked gems from J. Cole to Roberta Flack to Nina Simone.

North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson speaks Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C. Robinson is facing calls to resign from elected officials and LGBTQ advocacy groups over comments he made in June in which he criticized teachings in K-12 public schools and likened peoples' sexual orientation to “filth.” (AP Photo/Bryan Anderson, file)
The Real Problem With Mark Robinson’s Bigoted Belief Is the NC GOP Believes It Too

North Carolina’s lieutenant governor sparked a national uproar over his latest anti-LGBTQ statements. But where is the outrage from his party’s leadership?

Educators protest budget shortfalls under Republican leadership outside the NC General Assembly in May 2018. The budget has become a very secretive process in the state. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
The State’s Budget Belongs to the People of North Carolina. So Why Is It Settled in Back Rooms?

NC's budget plan has a huge impact on your education and healthcare. Too bad it's such a big secret.