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.

Carolina del Norte se ha convertido en un santuario para abusadores infantiles. 

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North Carolina has become a sanctuary state for child predators. 

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For the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the killing of George Floyd over the summer hit especially hard. 

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La Pandemia en Cifras

Oficiales de la salud del estado de Carolina del Norte han confirmado que a la fecha hay más de 167 mil casos de contagiados con coronavirus desde que comenzó la pandemia, con más de 1,200 casos nuevos reportados el pasado Lunes. Hasta hoy se han confirmado cerca de 7 mil casos de COVID-19 en los 13 condados donde se puede escuchar la frecuencia de BPR. 


Similar to the phrase “No shirt, no service” -- businesses are also protected to enforce the state’s face mask requirement. That was one of the takeaways of a webinar on Wed. hosted by the Asheville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.   

The program focused on the handling of customers who refuse to wear face coverings. One argument voiced by noncompliant customers  is that it’s a “constitutional right to refuse to wear a mask.”   Atlanta labor Attorney Andria Lure Ryan says that's not the case. 

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The Buncombe County Sheriff is updating his department’s policy on use of force. Sheriff Quentin Miller’s office on Fri. released the new guidelines that instruct officers on when force tactics are appropriate.

And additionally, it offers guidance on how deputies should report incidents where they observe a fellow officer using force they deem excessive for the situation, or could result in death.

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Medioambientalistas y grupos de conservación de la naturaleza están solicitando a la Ciudad de Asheville que se haga cargo de la limpieza del río French Broad. 

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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis stopped in Asheville Wednesday as part of a statewide tour promoting the Paycheck Protection Program crafted in response to the pandemic. 

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Environmentalists and clean water advocates are urging the City of Asheville to do its part in cleaning up the French Broad River. 

Western Carolina University is condemning a series of videos posted to social media over the weekend showing students promoting racist and white supremacy language. The videos circulated on Snapchat and Twitter on Saturday show students using racist slurs and flashing white power signs.


WCU Chancellor Kelli Brown on Sunday issued a video statement in response. 


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As the city of Asheville and Buncombe County move forward on formal plans to make amends for slavery and systemic racism, two local college professors say reparations need to address education and the environmental factors affecting it. 

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A mediados de Marzo, cuando comenzó la pandemia del coronavirus, la economía en la región vio paralizada la industria de la construcción. Sin embargo hoy pareciera que esa área se vuelve a reactivar, principalmente con capital que proviene de otras ciudades. 


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Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, fears about the economy temporarily silenced the sound of construction sites. But now it seems there’s a resurging interest in building a home in the mountains, primarily from outside of the region. 

The official date of Asheville city councilman Vijay Kapoor’s resignation is significant in how his seat will be filled.  As it stands, Kapoor’s colleagues will pick his replacement - not the public.

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As visitors return to Western North Carolina’s trails and parklands, they’re leaving mounds of trash behind them.

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Si bien el condado de Henderson tiene la mitad de la población que su vecino, el condado de Buncombe, hoy cuenta con la mayor cantidad de habitantes contagiados con COVID-19. Al igual que en otras áreas del estado de Carolina del Norte así como el resto del país, un gran número de estos contagiados perteneces a la comunidad Hispana o Latinx.

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Asheville police have confirmed the death of a woman who’s been in the news recently for going on racist tirades that were widely shared on social media. 


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Henderson County has Western North Carolina’s highest population per capita of Latinx residents.  And the County’s Health Department reports a third of COVID-19 cases are among individuals who identify as Hispanic/Latinx. That’s why the state Department of Health and Human Services has directed $100,000 to the Hendersonville-based non-profit True Ridge.

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Asheville city council at its next meeting Tuesday will vote on a resolution that calls for reparations for Asheville's Black community.  The move comes after a strong push from the Racial Justice Coalition, which sought to get the matter on the council agenda for Tuesday.

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A community garden in West Asheville is preparing to sow a different sort of seed -- The Burton Street Community Peace Garden received funding to expand its green jobs training program for youth in the historically Black neighborhood. 

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The fate of the controversial stone obelisk in the heart of Asheville is about to undergo more serious public inspection.

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The phrase “Defund The Police” could be seen from the skies on a street outside the Asheville Police Department Sunday. A group of artists and activists assembled to paint the bright yellow letters -- and a few hours later, they were met by counter protestors with blue paint. 

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La comunidad latina ya representa más de un cuarto de los casos de COVID-19 en el condado de Buncombe.

Según el último censo realizado en la región, la población latina/hispana representa el 6.7% del total de habitantes, sin embargo, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos ha confirmado recientemente que esta comunidad actualmente representa al 27% del total de contagiado con el coronavirus.

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After two weeks of protests following high-profile police killings of unarmed African Americans, conversations about equity continue in communities across the country. In Asheville, a group of birth doulas who started their practice to address racial disparities in the delivery room are hoping to elevate the voices of black moms.

BPR’s Cass Herrington sat down with three doulas from the organization Sistas Caring 4 Sistas. Together, they've helped counsel and guide a new generation of black mothers in Asheville, since 2016.

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Latinos now account for more than a quarter of Covid-19 cases in Buncombe County.

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A silver pickup truck barreled into a crowd of protesters gathered outside Asheville City Hall Tues., as city council was meeting virtually.

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Asheville artist Joseph Pearson left his mark on Blue Ridge Public Radio over the weekend.  He chose to highlight George Floyd in a mural covering up the station’s boarded up windows. 

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After a week of protests against police brutality in Asheville and across the country, local educators are using history to make sense of what feels like an unprecedented moment. 



On Thurs., Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer is expected to meet with organizers of a medic station set up to support protestors.