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.

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One town in Transylvania County has begun issuing identification cards to those who may not be able to obtain a government-issued state ID or driver’s license. The grassroots initiative wants to serve the community’s residents who don’t have legal citizenship. 

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper made several stops through Western North Carolina Mon. to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  

A local civil rights leader is continuing her legacy of honoring Martin Luther King Junior in Western North Carolina. 

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Tourists versus locals. It’s one of the defining conflicts at the heart of Asheville.  It’s also playing out in how the city chooses to preserve and retell the history of its shrinking black community.  

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Asheville’s public bus system rolled out some major changes this week. 

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The City of Asheville has lifted the system-wide boil advisory issued earlier this morning.

However, the city says in a news release the advisory remains in effect for 1,000 customers in East Asheville.

Early on Wed., the City originally urged residents city-wide to boil their water, due to a 24-inch transmission waterline being ruptured Tues. night.

The city says as Water Maintenance worked through this repair Wed., they discovered not all customers would be affected. Customers affected are from Bee Tree Road to Upper Grassy Branch Road.

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Residents of Asheville are being urged to boil their water.

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A two-story mural depicting a migrant farm worker with an armful of leafy produce is splashed across the side of a packing barn in Old Fort. 

A 2018 survey of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers shows 95 percent of them are white.   The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is partnering with nonprofits and outdoor groups to get more people of color outside and on the trails. 

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Earlier this year, BPR introduced to listeners a new bilingual Scout pack in Hendersonville.  During 2019, Scout Pack 607 has gone on a camping trip, learned survival skills, and completed community service projects. 

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Minority-owned businesses make up just over one percent of all businesses in the state of North Carolina. 

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials spent Tuesday in Henderson County giving an annual update on their cooperation agreement with the sheriff’s department. The hour-long presentation at the County Courthouse didn’t provide many answers. 

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials spent Tuesday in Henderson County giving an annual update on their cooperation agreement with the sheriff’s department. The hour-long presentation at the County Courthouse didn’t provide many answers. 

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A drug approved earlier this year by the FDA could help individuals who’ve had limited success with antidepressants. 

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A new center honoring Latinx art and culture is making its way to Western North Carolina. Hendersonville-based non-profit Hola Community Arts has acquired a new space in Jackson Park for public art installations and classes.

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A planned boil advisory over the weekend had Asheville residents and business owners scrambling for bottled water. 

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Soldiers who return home from service often face new battles as they transition into civilian life — especially when it comes to finding a job.  For women, the battlefront can be more immense. 

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Organizations that serve the immigrant and Latinx population are being tasked with encouraging their communities to participate in the upcoming 2020 census. The US Census Bureau is turning to these so-called “trusted voices,” in an effort to alleviate fears about how the data will be used. 

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested a Salvadoran man in Asheville yesterday who was released from the county jail this week.

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This week marks the celebration of a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient Aztec origins. 

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The US Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments next month in a case that could determine the fate of the nearly 700,000 individuals protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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About 450 years ago, Spanish soldiers on an expedition from Florida took over the native Catawba town of Joara, about 60 miles East of Asheville. 

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Healthcare providers that cater services to seasonal and migrant farmworkers in Western North Carolina are increasingly turning their attention to mental healthcare. 

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Migrant farmworkers in rural areas face a lot of pressure -- from language barriers, to geographic isolation, to the current political climate surrounding immigration.  Add in the limited access to mental healthcare in rural locales, it puts workers who travel to Western North Carolina for the harvest season in an even tougher position.  

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Asheville City Council last night passed a freeze on new hotel construction for a year. 

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The victim of a police beating spoke out for the first time this month about the plea deal the former Asheville officer charged for the incident received.  Leaders of the city’s African American community are offering up similar mixed reactions to the settlement in the case involving Chris Hickman. 

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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.