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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Members of Asheville’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and supporters gathered downtown Saturday evening to remember victims of last week’s shooting in Atlanta. Mourners brought flowers, candles and flags to the steps of Pack Square.

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The founding members of Great Harvest Coop are busy tilling the soil and applying for an LLC. Once they get the business up and running, they plan to sell their produce at local farmer’s markets, CSAs, and restaurants. 

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Students in the Asheville area and beyond are hustling to meet the March 15th deadline to submit their entries for NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge. The annual contest invites students from across the country to put together a short podcast exploring any topic they’d like and provides training materials for classrooms. While winners get the chance to hear their piece on NPR, the initiative is also about skill sharing, collaboration and inspiring the next generation of audio storytellers.

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For Patricia Iñiguez and her family, the pandemic was the final push to move out of their suburban West Asheville home and into the woods. 

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With the pandemic hitting Western North Carolina's Latino community harder than almost any other group, health care providers and advocates in Hendersonville are taking a more targeted approach to make sure these residents get the Covid-19 vaccine.


A Republican state senator from Western North Carolina is proposing a measure that would force local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration agents. 

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A collaborative, community-based learning program organized during the pandemic aims to be a catalyst for education justice.

It’s called REGAL -- which stands for Relevant Education Grows All Learners. It’s a framework designed to support students of color by offering an inclusive learning space, led by adults in their own community. University of North Carolina Asheville professor Dr. Tiece Ruffin is one of the collaborators behind the effort.




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The insurrection at the US Capitol is driving a wedge in the Republican Party -- between those who are shying away from former Pres. Donald Trump and those who continue to support his false claims of fraud in last year’s election.  

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Three new billboards around Asheville are calling for the resignation of Western North Carolina’s Congressman Madison Cawthorn.

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On his first day in the Oval Office, Pres. Joe Biden swiftly signed executive orders aimed to reverse immigration policies established by his predecessor. Some of these actions are already being felt in North Carolina, but legal experts say many of Trump's policies still impact how cases are decided and who's allowed to remain in the country.

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Welcome to the 2021 NPR Student Podcast Challenge! Blue Ridge Public Radio is inviting students grades 5-12 from across Western North Carolina to submit their podcasts to be shared with BPR’s listeners, and possibly, a national audience.  

We’re here to answer your questions and help facilitate hands-on classroom learning that teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans. Think of us as your friendly neighborhood radio nerds, ready to answer any questions that come up along the way.  

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At least one faith community in Asheville is gathering in prayer for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. 

2021 is just two weeks old, and watching and listening to the news has been traumatic so far.  Coming off all that we experienced last year, each day right now can be more than a struggle.  How to cope?  BPR’s Cass Herrington spoke with Asheville therapist Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis. 

NPR's Student Podcast Challenge invites classrooms to put together a short podcast about any topic of interest and using simple tools – like the apps on your phone. It’s a competition, but also a fun, collaborative learning experience – and a chance to hear your work on NPR and member stations. 

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Kids want to feel seen and included in conversations about the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol Wed. That's one of the takeaways heard in the classroom belonging to the Western Region's 2021 Teacher of the Year.

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Seven Black women in Asheville are offering up their personal stories in honor of Kwanzaa, the weeklong celebration of African-American heritage. 

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Asheville PEAK Academy got a financial boost in its ongoing efforts to attract a diverse teaching staff. 

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A historic clock tower in the Enka community will be spared from the wrecking ball. 

A  press release by the Greensboro based developer Samet Corp.  says plans are in the works to preserve  the 92-year-old tower. 

“All parties involved in the development of this area recognize the historic role the monument plays in Asheville’s history, and we would like the tower to stand for generations to come,” Brian Hall, director of development, said in a press release.

Preservationists are urging an historic clock tower in the Enka community of southwestern Asheville be saved.

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The number of shooting incidents in Asheville is up compared to this time last year, according to the latest figures from the city police department.

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A Black-owned funeral home in Asheville is sending out its fleet of limousines to pick up voters and drive them to the polls. 

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Votar en estas elecciones puede ser un proceso complicado para algunos, especialmente con la pandemia y todas las nuevas normas o órdenes locales. 

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Four years ago, North Carolina voters did something that didn’t happen anywhere else - Republican Donald Trump won the state’s Electoral College votes, but a Democrat unseated an incumbent GOP governor.

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La candidata a la Vicepresidencia y representante del Partido Demócrata, Kamala Harris, realizó una visita a la Universidad de Carolina del Norte, Asheville, el pasado miércoles. En esa ocasión, la candidata se dirigió a un grupo de espectadores que mantuvieron distanciamiento social, reunidos en el estacionamiento del establecimiento. Originalmente Harris iba a visitar el Oeste de Carolina del Norte la semana pasada, pero dos de los miembros de su campaña se contagiaron con COVID-19.

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Voting can be a complicated process for many.  The pandemic is exposing that, with many rules  only just now being widely discovered for the first time.  For instance, North Carolina’s witness requirement on absentee ballots. 

For new American citizens, the process can be especially hard to navigate. 

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A new charter school centered around racial equity is still moving ahead with its plans to open next Fall 2021. 

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Es la época de manzanas en el Oeste de Carolina del Norte y las calles comienzan a vestirse con carteles pintados a mano anunciando la venta de rosquillas y pasteles elaborados con la popular fruta. 


La cosecha de manzana se lleva a cabo gracias al trabajo de miles de granjeros inmigrantes, sin embargo, el coronavirus se ha vuelto una amenaza real y ya hay varias organizaciones solicitando a las autoridades que regularicen y mejoren las condiciones laborales. 


A Blue Ridge Health worker prepares for an outreach visit at a migrant worker's camp in Polk County.
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It’s apple season in Western North Carolina. Hand-painted roadside signs boast cider doughnuts and homemade pies. 

The beloved seasonal fruit is picked by thousands of migrant farmworkers. But with the pandemic, advocates want the government to provide safer living and working conditions for the at-risk population.

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.