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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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. 

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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.