Cass Herrington

Morning Edition Host, Reporter

Cass Herrington is BPR's Morning Edition host and news reporter. Her reporting largely focuses on stories dealing with health, race, and immigration. 

Before joining BPR in 2019, Herrington spent nearly seven years writing, reporting and hosting for NPR stations in Illinois and Indiana. 

Her reporting has earned numerous awards, including the designations of best reporter by the Associated Press Broadcaster’s Associations in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

In 2015, Cass received a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award for a show she produced about non-verbal teens with Autism who rely on iPads to communicate.

A Kentucky native, Herrington graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, international studies and Spanish. She's fluent in Spanish, loves to travel, and is a proud, bleed-blue Kentucky Wildcats fan. 

Herrington also co-hosts a podcast, called Skillet, about the intersection of food and memory.

The Asheville View

In the conversations surrounding the beating of a  black man by a former Asheville police officer -- a critical voice has been missing. The victim himself. 

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The state of North Carolina loosened up restriction on alcohol sales in legislation that took effect this month. One area that's stirred up a bit of confusion pertains to sales of mixed drinks. While the definition of "a bar" remains unchanged, a new rule allowing distilleries to sell cocktails on-site has muddled the situation. 

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A 10-year restoration of the Historic Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School has just been completed. 

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Starting Sunday, North Carolina will loosen the collar of some of its strict alcohol regulations. 

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A North Carolina immigration judge who’s known for frequently deporting asylum cases has been appointed to the Board of Immigration Appeals. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union, immigrant rights advocates and Buncombe County’s sheriff are among those applauding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 370.

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A non-profit that provides health care to migrant farm workers in Western North Carolina says one of its patients was recently kidnapped during a return home to Mexico.

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The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority is opening itself to locals’ concerns in a series of public sessions. The TDA held three public workshops last week at the U.S. Cellular Center. 

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A plant that grows wild in Western North Carolina is having a moment. 

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One of Asheville’s best-known chefs is celebrating his first full year since he took the oath to become an American citizen. 

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North Carolina GOP Congressman Patrick McHenry kicked off a series of town hall meetings in Buncombe County Wed. morning. 

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A health clinic that’s been serving migrant farm workers in Western Carolina for almost 60 years is hoping a new initiative will spur more conversations about the people who harvest your produce.  

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Generations of Asheville’s black community will be highlighted in a series of public art installations downtown.  The Celebrating African Americans through Public Art initiative aims to honor the surrounding corridor, The Block, at the heart of the city’s African American history.  

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An educational summer camp for the children of migrant farm workers is in its second year on the campus of the University of North Carolina - Asheville. 

Buncombe County’s Democratic commissioners plan to speak out Tues. against a measure that would force sheriffs to comply with federal immigration agents.

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A 21-year-old Salvadoran woman living in Western North Carolina is fighting an immigration judge’s order for her deportation. 

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America’s largest home earlier this month announced it’s no longer accepting unannounced company. 

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Immigrant service providers in Henderson County are calling for the chairman of the county board of commissioners to resign. They say that comments Chairman Grady Hawkins made at a recent meeting is a breach of his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. 

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department has a new community liaison outreach coordinator. 

Stephanie Barbosa officially joined the department last month to help build trust within the Latinx and immigrant community. There has been fallout, partially due to the sheriff’s decision to renew a voluntary agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Online purchasing is giving rise to small businesses that take the middleman out of the supply chain.  The so-called “direct-to-consumer” model has changed the way we buy even the most mundane products, from mattresses to razor blades. 

One example is an Asheville-based pottery maker hoping to capture a larger slice of the ceramic dinnerware market. East Fork Pottery is facing some challenges -- due largely to its rapid online success. 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled General Assembly headed for a showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper as a bill that would strong-arm North Carolina sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents neared final passage.

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A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and undocumented immigrant will headline one of Asheville’s annual fall events - an event that is changing its name this year.   

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Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller will join two other sheriffs in Raleigh Wed. to denounce legislation that would force all North Carolina Sheriffs to assist federal immigration agents. 

Mission Health

Mission Hospital has a new CEO at the helm.

On Tues., Mission Health announced in a news release Chad Patrick will serve as CEO for HCA Healthcare’s Mission Hospital, effective in mid- July.

The 763-bed Mission Hospital in Asheville is the flagship hospital for HCA Healthcare’s North Carolina Division.


Equity is at the center of an event this evening celebrating the more than 150 years since slavery ended.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested at least two individuals in Henderson County Wed. morning.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislation designed to address recent decisions by some newly-elected sheriffs to stop assisting federal immigration agents is resurfacing in a committee.

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The City of Asheville’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $8 million for a new fire station and more than $1 million in spending on the Transit Master Plan.

The proposed Fire Station 13 would be in the Five Points neighborhood on Broadway, near Mount Clare Ave. The budget allocates $1.2 million to the first phase of the Transit Master Plan. The city says the goal is to improve public bus service – by expanding service hours and routes, among other upgrades.

The next fiscal year begins July 1.

Budget highlights

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An immigration judge in Charlotte is ordering for the removal of a Salvadorian woman in Western North Carolina who fled gang violence in her home country.

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On Friday, BPR News aired the story of a young woman living in Western North Carolina who fled violence in El Salvador as a teenager. This week she faces possible deportation.