Steve Harrison

Steve Harrison is a reporter and host at WFAE, covering politics and government. In addition to his on-air stories, Steve hosts the Inside Politics podcast and writes its weekly newsletter.

A veteran political reporter, Harrison has covered local and state politics for more than a decade in the region. He'll keep you up-to-date on the Charlotte City Council, what's happening with Mecklenburg County's Board of Commissioners, the North Carolina General Assembly, and much more. 

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Most battles over press freedom revolve around Washington D.C., over controversies like journalists allegedly being under surveillance by the Justice Department.

This case takes place in Rockingham, 90 minutes east of Charlotte, at The Richmond County Daily Journal. The newspaper publishes two days a week and has only a couple of reporters. It shares a small building with a copying and printing store.

The North Carolina Senate will not vote on a controversial bill that would prohibit transgender people under 21 from receiving medical care related to gender transition, according to a spokesperson for GOP Senate leader Phil Berger.

The idea of vaccine passports is "a ridiculous concept," North Carolina's top Republican state senator said via a spokesperson Thursday, in response Gov. Roy Cooper's comments that he is in discussions about creating a standardized record for people to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday his administration is having “discussions” about creating “vaccine passports” — a standardized record for people to show they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

North Carolina was home to some of the most bitter fights over voting last decade.

But while states like Georgia and Arizona are now considering bills to limit absentee by mail voting, North Carolina has been completely quiet in 2021 – so far.

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The town of Cherokee in western North Carolina has about 2,000 people. There are a few strips malls, a museum dedicated to the history of the tribe.

And there’s a casino. It’s a really big casino that’s getting bigger.

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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis has tested positive for the coronavirus his staff announced Friday night. He said he does not have any symptoms of the virus, but he will halt all in-person campaign activities and quarantine for 10 days.

County boards of elections began processing absentee mail ballots this week as a record number of North Carolinians are choosing to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections this week said that county elections boards should send voters a “cure affidavit” if there are problems with their absentee mail ballots, such as a missing witness signature.

The resignations of the two GOP members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Wednesday night has touched off a firestorm of accusations by both Republicans and Democrats, who say the other party is trying undermine the election. 

The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections resigned in protest Wednesday night, with one member writing that he felt misled about recent changes to absentee mail ballots the board approved.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first campaign appearance in North Carolina Wednesday since the primaries when he spoke in Charlotte at Camp North End in what his team said was a Black Economic Summit.

Biden talked about ways for African Americans to grow their household wealth.

He touched on expansion of the Affordable Care Act, increasing homeownership and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Four years ago, Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said the Senate should not confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court because it was too close to the election.

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis said Saturday that he will support President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Republicans are making "law and order" a key part of their fall campaigns. And that includes North Carolina’s state legislative races, where GOP House Speaker Tim Moore this week accused more than 40 Democratic candidates of supporting an agenda that would defund the police.

North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham said Monday during a debate that he would be "hesitant" to take a vaccine for COVID-19 approved by Election Day, leading Republicans nationwide to characterize him and Democrats as "anti-vaxxers."

Cunningham, an attorney and former state legislator, is trying to unseat first-term Republican Thom Tillis. The race is one of the most closely watched this year and could decide which party controls the Senate.

When asked a hypothetical question about a vaccine, Cunningham said "he has questions."

Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham were asked a hypothetical question during their first debate Monday night: If a COVID vaccine arrives before Election Day, would they take it? Would they encourage others to do so?

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham hasn’t campaigned in person since the first stay-at-home order was issued in March.

North Carolina GOP Party Chair Michael Whatley gave the nominating speech for President Trump inside a ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Delegates arriving in Charlotte for the scaled down, in-person portion of the Republican National Convention aren't being greeted by the Charlotte mayor or even business leaders.

Instead, they are ushered into a purple tent outside the downtown Westin hotel. That's where they are given a coronavirus test — even though they already had to take a self-swab coronavirus test at home before getting on a plane.

Delegates are arriving at the Westin for two days of Republican National Committee meetings, followed by a one-day convention on Monday.