Election red meat

The state's newest narrative journalism outlet publishes my views on election reform

Today’s newsletter links you to something I wrote for The Assembly, an online journalism startup that emulates The Atlantic and Texas Monthly as a place for in-depth, narrative storytelling, but about North Carolina culture and politics.

It was great working with Kyle Villemain and the other editors, who made it sing much more in tune than it did when I sent the first draft their way. I hope it generates some constructive discussion. Plus, you should subscribe to The Assembly if you’re seeking thoughtful views in a manner I encourage heartily.

More on the publication here.

An excellent profile of Kyle and what his team is trying to do here.

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On the wireless

Tuesday’s shift with Donna Martinez on WPTF was fun. We talked about vaccine progress in N.C., MLB moving the All-Star Game to Denver, Hubert Davis’ introductory news conference, along with the role of independent journalism (including this endeavor), and more.

I’ll be back Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. Tune in or stream live!

I’m doing double duty on the flagship station tomorrow. My normal weekly gig with Scott Briggaman was pushed back a day. So check it out at 7:40 a.m. Thursday.

Rocky Mountain memory

Happy 73rd birthday to John Oates! These days, he’s performing Americana and bluegrass-oriented stuff (recently playing Merlefest, of course). He and his family split time between Colorado and Nashville. Here’s the day he visited the Rocky Mountain News for an interview promoting his 2008 album “1000 Miles of Life.”