Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst
Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chief state government reporter for News 14 Carolina, now known as Spectrum News. The job included extensive coverage of the General Assembly for the 24-hour local regional television news channel.

Before News 14 Carolina, Kokai worked as a radio news reporter for seven years. He started a radio news department at WENC-AM in Whiteville, then led Chapel Hill’s award-winning radio news team at WCHL-AM. He spent two-and-one-half years as news director and assignment editor for Raleigh’s WPTF-AM.

Mitch is a Columbus, Ohio, native, and a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate. He has lived in North Carolina since 1989.

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1)

  • Academic reform for insiders

    Anthony Hennen writes for the Martin Center about the close ties of various groups pursuing higher education reform. “Reform” is an appealing word, suggesting change intended for the better. It is frequently used in discussions of higher education. Critics, especially conservative ones, point out visible cracks in the Ivory…
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • Shocker! Chinese want to export communism

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon details the Chinese government’s efforts to export its repressive form of government to other parts of the world. China’s Communist Party is engaged in sophisticated global influence operations using money to buy supporters and deceive foreign audiences about Beijing’s rights abuses,…
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • Trump, Nixon, and the media

    Conrad Black explains for National Review Online readers why mainstream media outlets’ treatment of President Trump reminds him of events from 45-50 years ago. In this season of frenzied liberal assault on the incumbent president and the almost uniform view of the long-standing bipartisan political elite of the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on expert assessments of a lawsuit challenging the cancellation of 2018 judicial primaries in North Carolina. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal pans N.C. State University’s efforts to promote diverse viewpoints on campus.
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • Forget about the Russians — What about the FBI meddling in elections?

    That’s the question editors at Investor’s Business Daily are asking in light of the latest news emanating from the Mueller investigation. For 18 months, the FBI has been fixated on determining whether President Trump worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But explosive text exchanges between…
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    It’s rare for a school Parent-Teacher Association to get involved in politics. That’s why Terry Stoops paid attention when a Wake County PTA entered the political debate over N.C. elementary school class sizes. Stoops shares his assessment during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze…
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • National Review Online columnist ponders football’s future … and it has nothing to do with the anthem

    Theodore Kupfer devotes a National Review Online column to the professional sport that dominates fall Sundays for many fans. All the pat talk about the declining ratings of the National Football League glides past one fact: Football is one product with a stratospherically high floor. Even when sales…
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2017
  • ATR’s Gleason bats back WaPo misinformation about N.C. tax reform

    As National Review Online readers ponder one column praising the economic impact of recent N.C. government reforms, Forbes readers encounter another. Patrick Gleason adds to the evidence rebutting the Washington Post‘s recent anti-North Carolina hit piece. Realizing that the Point-To-Kansas strategy has gone stale, opponents of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2017