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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Farmworkers are among the laborers deemed “essential” in the age of coronavirus, for their critical role in supplying produce to the nation's grocery stores and farmer’s markets. But these workers face conditions that put them at risk of contracting and spreading the disease. 

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Hospitals in Western North Carolina are bracing for what’s being called a “surge” in Coronavirus cases in the coming days and weeks. 

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A local language services provider is urging community leaders to consider Western Carolina’s Spanish-speaking residents when sharing vital updates on COVID-19.

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One of Asheville’s James Beard Award nominated chefs is now working from home, instead of in her restaurant kitchen. 

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The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is taking extra steps to protect officers out on patrol and inside the detention center from contracting COVID-19 on the job. 

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Grocery store chains are making sweeping changes to operating hours and store policies to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


As restaurants shutter their dining rooms, a few local chefs and business owners are devising new ways to support laid off line cooks, servers, and kitchen staff. 

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Small-scale producers who rely on weekly farmers markets for income have found themselves at a sudden loss. 

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Organizations supporting migrant farmworkers in North Carolina are raising awareness about working conditions for the thousands who travel to the state to harvest seasonal crops, like strawberries and tobacco. 

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Employers, health providers, and school districts are teaming up to coordinate a contingency plan -- in the event that Coronavirus spreads to Buncombe County.

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The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to expand services addressing opioid use disorder among inmates housed in the detention center. 

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blew the cover on some big Western North Carolina news

during a rally in Winston-Salem Thurs.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blew the cover on some big Western North Carolina news during a rally in Winston-Salem Thurs.

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North Carolina primary election voters will decide nominees for a long list of races - from the presidency all the day down to city council.  This week, BPR is talking with voters from both parties to get a sense of what will drive them to the polls.  

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The ballot in North Carolina is very long this year - with every office from the presidency to city council up for election.  Over the next two days, BPR will speak with voters to get a sense of what will drive them to the polls for the primary.  

Five Asheville chefs and restaurateurs have been named semifinalists for one of the highest honors in the culinary scene. The James Beard Foundation Wed. released the list of its 2020 award nominees, which includes: 

  • Ashleigh Shanti -- of Benne On Eagle -- for Rising Star Chef of the Year

  • John Fleer -- of Benne on Eagle and Rhubarb -- for Outstanding Chef

  • Katie Button -- of Curate -- for Best Chef, Southeast

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The US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina is condemning sheriffs -- including Buncombe County’s -- who choose not to comply with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Henderson County is the lone sheriff’s department in Western North Carolina that participates in the federal 287(g) program.  That agreement allowed for a 25-year-old Hendersonville man to be deported after he was arrested last month, following a traffic stop.   

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A bright yellow “store closing” sign now hangs outside the Westgate location of Asheville-based Earth Fare. 

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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.