Michael Pope

Virginia Public Radio Reporter

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.

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The Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of fall and the start of an intense political season culminating in the November election. But it also represents a major milestone for Muslims, one that Republicans and Democrats are both using to help get their message across to an important voting constituency in Northern Virginia.

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Immigration issues remain a flashpoint in American politics as leaders in Washington debate everything from building a wall to deporting immigrants who are here illegally. Now, as Michael Pope reports, it’s an issue that’s stealing the spotlight in the campaign for governor.

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Senator Tim Kaine is hearing from immigrants and advocates about what might happen to people in Virginia if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is rescinded.

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This year’s House of Delegates election is historic for the amount of attention and outside money that’s flowing into the race. But it’s also noteworthy for another feature of the candidates — how young many of them are. 

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City officials from Charlottesville will be back in court this week as part of their ongoing effort to remove the controversial statue of Robert E. Lee. But, as Michael Pope reports, they now have a new advocate in their corner.

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