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Rick Henderson


Rick Henderson became managing editor of Carolina Journal in April 2009. Prior to joining CJ he had worked the previous nine years as an editorial writer and columnist for daily newspapers in Las Vegas, Riverside, Calif., and Denver, Colo. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for Investor’s Business Daily and the Los Angeles Business Journal.

From 1989 to 1998, he was with Reason magazine, dividing his tenure between the publication’s Los Angeles headquarters as a reporter and managing editor and its D.C. bureau as Washington editor.

His articles and op-eds have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and National Review Online. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio public affairs programs, such as NBC's Today Show, C-Span’s Washington Journal, CNBC’s McLaughlin, Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado State of Mind. In North Carolina, he has been a guest on News14 Carolina's "Capital Tonight," UNC Public Radio's "State of Things," Curtis Media Group's "People in Politics," WPTF's Bill LuMaye Show, Viewpoints with Lockwood Phillips, Take a Stand with Matt Mittan, and WWNC's Pete Kaliner program.

Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the mid-1980s, while producing the alternative monthly tabloid Deregulator in Chapel Hill, he assisted then-undergraduate (and later JLF president) John Hood in the early days of The Carolina Critic, a newspaper Hood founded at UNC.

Henderson was awarded first place in editorial writing by the Colorado Associated Press (2006-07) and second place in editorial writing by the Colorado Society for Professional Journalists (2007). In 1992, he was named a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland for his environmental reporting.

He is a native of Wilkesboro, and now lives in Wake County with his wife Cara and their pets.

Articles by Rick Henderson

(11.24.15) UPDATE: Cooper Will Not Join Transgender Lawsuit
RALEIGH — Late Monday, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, announced that Cooper would not file a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit filed by a transgender student in Virginia, challenging the school district’s refusal to let the student use public bathrooms assigned to students of the opposite biological sex. Meantime, Cooper's campaign for governor called McCrory a bully for attempting to participate in the lawsuit.

(11.16.15) McCrory Asks Obama To Stop Flow of Syrian Refugees
CHARLOTTE — Citing Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, and saying his "primary duty as governor is to protect the citizens of North Carolina," Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday issued a formal request to President Obama, asking the federal government to end the relocation of refugees from Syria to the United States until McCrory and public safety officials can be assured that the refugees have been vetted sufficiently to ensure they pose no security threats to U.S. residents or institutions.

(10.26.15) State Ending Battle With Alcoa?
RALEIGH — A nearly eight-year-long legal battle between the state of North Carolina and Alcoa Power Generating Inc. over four hydroelectric dams the company owns and operates on the Yadkin River may be coming to an end. The state last week issued a water quality permit to Alcoa, one of the final impediments preventing the company from receiving a new license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

(10.12.15) Conflict-of-Interest House Hosts Cooper Event
RALEIGH — Democratic N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has scheduled a Tuesday fundraiser for his gubernatorial campaign at the Manteo home of a former Easley Cabinet official who acquired the house under the cloud of conflict of interest allegations.

(10.07.15) McFarlane Wins Third Term As Raleigh Mayor
RALEIGH — Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane cruised to a third term in Tuesday’s municipal elections, and Charlotte Democrats voted to end the brief tenure of appointed Mayor Dan Clodfelter in favor of former four-term Mecklenburg County commissioner Jennifer Roberts. Meantime, Raleigh voters embraced several city council candidates who favor tougher restrictions on growth.

(10.06.15) Ham and Benson: The Outrage Machine Just Needs To Chill Out
The tendency among the Left to silence and discredit those who disagree with the modern liberal world view inspired this excellent, good-humored book.

(9.15.15) Federal Probe Urged Of U.S. Attorney’s Office
RALEIGH — Citing reporting from Carolina Journal, the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys has asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch a formal investigation into the handling by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Raleigh of the prosecution of gang leader and contract killer Reynaldo Calderon. NAAUSA President Steven Cook told CJ, "We had a legal and ethical obligation to report this."

(6.04.15) Senate and McCrory Unlikely Budget Allies
Though senators have been more likely than their House counterparts to disagree with the governor, the Senate’s budget plan will resemble McCrory’s in overall spending.

(11.05.14) Tillis Stuns Hagan, Joins New GOP Senate Majority
RALEIGH — In one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate contests nationally, Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County knocked off incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in a race capping a night that saw the GOP seize the majority in the upper chamber, unifying control of Congress. Unofficial results show Tillis winning 48.84 percent, Hagan 47.23 percent, and Libertarian Sean Haugh 3.74 percent.

(11.03.14) DENR Verifies Authenticity Of Hagan Stimulus Staff Review
RALEIGH — Drew Elliot, communications director for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has confirmed to Carolina Journal that a staff review of the stimulus grant awarded to a company owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and other family members that was reported on Saturday is authentic.

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