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)

  • Martin Center responds to UNC sports course dispute

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center explores the controversy involving a UNC-Chapel Hill course devoted to the history of college sports. The Raleigh News and Observer recently published a contentious exchange between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s history professor Jay Smith and vice chancellor of communications…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • Trump and recidivism

    Editors at the Boston Herald consider President Trump’s efforts to tackle the nation’s unimpressive rate of recidivism. It’s another example of criminal justice reform. Let’s hope the Trump administration can push Congress to take up the challenge. In a 2014 study, the National Institute of Justice found that,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • Justice Department’s double standard on outing sources

    Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist explores mixed signals from the U.S. Justice Department. U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials have leaked extremely sensitive information about a top secret source three times in the last week while claiming that confidentially sharing information about the source with congressional investigators could…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • Trump’s congressional election impact

    James Antle of the Washington Examiner muses about the president’s potential impact on midterm election results. If you are a Republican in a competitive congressional race this year, whether you invite President Trump to campaign for you may depend on whether you are running for House or Senate.
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • Fund examines media myopia

    John Fund‘s latest National Review Online column explores mainstream media outlets’ inability to see beyond their preferred Russian collusion narrative. For well more than a year, we’ve heard about the “Did Trump Collude with Russia” storyline that the special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing. In recent months, a…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • Appreciating Tom Wolfe’s role

    Matthew Continetti reflects at National Review Online on the late Tom Wolfe’s contribution to American intellectual debate. America’s writers, artists, and thinkers, and their media manqué, continue to argue that our civilization is decadent, sexist, racist, torn asunder, on the verge of succumbing to authoritarianism or fascism, the…
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that a lack of emergency medical services does little to deter motorcyclists from tackling a popular N.C. mountain highway route. John Hood’s Daily Journal challenges the argument that demographic changes doom the Republican Party.
    Mitch Kokai, May 21, 2018
  • Factor in tax reform, and N.C. teachers will see EIGHT raises in five years

    That’s the assessment from Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform. He explains his reasoning in a Forbes column. So no, the pay increase soon to be approved by North Carolina legislators this year won’t be their fifth pay increase. When taking into account all the actions by…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2018