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Rick Henderson


Rick Henderson (@deregulator) 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," WPTF's Rick and Donna Martinez and Bill LuMaye programs, The Big Talker with Chad Adams, Take a Stand with Matt Mittan, and WBT's Tara Servatius and Pete Kaliner programs.

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 now 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

(6.03.14) Film Industry Trashes Critique of Incentives
RALEIGH — Lobbyists for North Carolina’s motion-picture industry, in an attempt to preserve an expiring taxpayer subsidy for film production in the state, are circulating two “talking points” documents to lawmakers attacking the credibility of those who have questioned the figures the industry uses to tout the value of the film incentives.

(5.07.14) Sales Tax Referendums Go One-for-Four On Primary Day
RALEIGH — Three of the four referendums increasing local sales taxes by 0.25 percent failed. Local bond measures fared better, with all six passing. A handful of counties considered expanding alcoholic beverage sales.

(3.06.14) Civics Test: When Is Election Day?
Gerrymandered districts and outsized incumbency prevent many North Carolinians from having any say in who represents them.

(1.14.14) Pursuing the Misguided Goal of the National Average
Why single out public educators for special treatment over every other class of employee?

(1.09.14) Quest For The National Average Difficult To Justify
Why single out public educators for special treatment over every other class of employee?

(12.05.13) Americans: Failures of Obamacare Are Your Fault
Sen. Kay Hagan and other Democrats defending the new health care law are blaming consumers for purchasing insurance coverage they wanted.

(12.03.13) Americans: Failures of Obamacare Are All Your Fault
Supporters of the troubled law are forced to blame consumers who choose options other than the ones government has chosen for them.

(10.17.13) Lawmakers Question State Job-Listing Site
RALEIGH — A new Commerce Department program designed to consolidate information collected by the state on job openings and career development is expected to reduce taxpayer spending by roughly $800,000 a year compared with outlays on existing programs. NCWorks Online is a Web-based program providing the public information about job openings, labor market data, and training resources.

(8.20.13) Comparing Apples For Teachers To Apples For Pies
Comparing salaries among different occupations is more than cherry-picking statistics to satisfy a political agenda.

(4.26.13) Dirty Politics at Dix
If anyone has engaged in dirty politics, it’s the crowd who rushed the 75-year lease for the Dix property through state government as Gov. Bev Perdue was heading out the door.

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