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The Porch: Running To Stand Still

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

In this episode of The Porch, a production of the BPR news team -

  • Lilly Knoepp marks the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic by going through her audio files from March 2020 to see how far we have come
  • Matt Bush hosts Dr. Chris Cooper of Western Carolina University and Cory Vaillancourt of Smoky Mountain News in BPR's new talk studio, where they chat at length about Western North Carolina politics and the upcoming May 17th primary election

(The BPR News Presents theme song is The Vibes by Audiobinger. Other music featured in this episode includes Last Day of High School by Borrtex)

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.