About the Capitol Press Association

North Carolina General Assembly meets in House chambers holding a joint session June 8-9, 1961. Copyright The News and Observer.

The Capitol Press Association was organized in the 1930s and developed over the decades into a confederation of newspapers across the state that pooled resources to employ a Raleigh correspondent. While the largest papers in the state could afford to staff Raleigh bureaus, the Capitol Press Association allowed smaller papers to carry content that wasn’t available on the wires or in the pages of larger regional competitors.

By 2004, the costs of operating as a corporation and employing a full-time writer became prohibitive. The board of the Capitol Press Association arranged for the Insider State Government News Service to take over its day-to-day operations. Since 2004, the editor of the Insider — a daily newsletter covering policy and politics for the state’s government affairs community — has also served as the columnist and editor of the Capitol Press Association.

In June of 2017, political reporter Colin Campbell took over as Insider editor and columnist for the Capitol Press Association. Campbell has reported for The News & Observer of Raleigh since 2008. Before joining the paper’s political team in 2014, he covered Raleigh, Johnston County and Chapel Hill for the paper. He’s a graduate of the journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill and a native of Charlottesville, Va.

Campbell is the sixth named editor in the Insider’s 24-year history, immediately following veteran journalist Mark Binker, who died in April 2017 shortly after moving to the Insider from WRAL News. In addition to Binker, earlier Capitol Press Association columnists include Pat Gannon (2014-16), Scott Mooneyham (2004-2014), and Paul O’Connor (1982-2004, with interim stints in 2014 and 2016-17).

CapPressNC.com serves as a distribution resource for the member papers of the Capitol Press Association. For questions about joining the CPA or using any content found at CapPressNC.com, please contact NCInsider.com General Manager Clifton Dowell at cdowell@ncinsider.com.