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Mitch Kokai


Mitch Kokai joined the John Locke Foundation as director of communications in December 2005 after spending more than four years as chief state government reporter for News 14 Carolina. That job included extensive coverage of the General Assembly and other topics for the 24-hour local television news channel based in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Before News 14 Carolina, Kokai worked as a radio news reporter for seven years. He started a radio news department at WENC-AM in Whiteville, then led Chapel Hill’s award-winning radio news team at WCHL-AM. He spent two-and-half years as news director and assignment editor for Raleigh’s WPTF-AM.

Mitch is a Columbus, Ohio, native. He earned highest honors and highest distinction from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has lived in North Carolina since 1989.

Articles by Mitch Kokai

(10.15.15) Targeting the Heart Along With the Head
The American Enterprise Institute’s president argues in a new book that conservatives “have been generally terrible at winning people’s hearts.”

(10.02.15) Substance vs. Silliness in Campaign Questions
National news media outlets choose odd lines of inquiry for potential presidential candidates.

(7.16.15) Taking On The Sclerotic State
Libertarian scholar Charles Murray recommends a targeted campaign of civil disobedience to restore aspects of the America the Founders envisioned.

(6.30.15) Band of Giants Recalls Revolution’s Heroes
A recent book teaches us about the extraordinary and ordinary people who made America independent of the British Crown.

(6.23.15) The Progressive Flat Tax
Critics of recent conservative tax reforms ignore provisions that ensure high-income earners pay more.

(6.16.15) Highlighting Neglected Conservative Heroes
A Raleigh author’s latest work spotlights leaders from Jefferson to Reagan who have stood for limited government devoted to establishing order and preserving liberty.

(5.05.15) The Right-of-Center Constitutional Divide
A new book documents the debate among conservatives and libertarians over "judicial activism" and "judicial restraint."

(4.07.15) A Welcome Addition Among Tax-Hike Critics
Democrats who criticize a new gas-tax plan must be admitting now that they wanted to raise the state sales tax in 2011.

(3.20.15) Churchill’s Uncontested Status as ‘Great Man’
Fifty years after the wartime British prime minister's death, a new book demonstrates how he made history.

(2.24.15) Bootleggers, Baptists Cause Economic Losses
A new book explores the impact of political coalitions involving strange bedfellows.

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