Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor
Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political activity in North Carolina’s Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point) region. Hieb received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in History from UNC-Greensboro.

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 1)

  • Another Republican enters N.C. gubernatorial race

    Associated Press reports state Rep. Holly Grange, R-Wilmington, has announced she will run for governor, providing a challenger to Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in the GOP primary: Grange has served in the legislature since 2016. Her video touched on themes designed to connect with the state party’s conservative base,…
    Sam Hieb, July 19, 2019
  • NYT profiles Winston-Salem

    Under the headline: Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities ..the New York Times parachutes into Winston-Salem to ponder that question: Winston-Salem has been overshadowed within North Carolina by the Raleigh-Durham area, an early success in building a research-driven economy, and Charlotte, a financial hub. The…
    Sam Hieb, July 18, 2019
  • Will Charlotte ban single family residential zoning?

    I was listening to NPR’s Marketplace piece probing bans on single family residential zoning in Minneapolis and the entire state of Oregon and a familiar name came up not once, but twice—Charlotte. Turns out Charlotte was part of a big NYT story on cities who are beginning to…
    Sam Hieb, July 16, 2019
  • JLF’s Becki Gray cited in Forbes article on N.C. Medicaid expansion budget standoff

    Forbes’ Patrick Gleason on North Carolina’s budget standoff over Medicaid expansion: Lawmakers in North Carolina, named by CNBC last week as the nation’s best economy, and Governor Roy Cooper (D) will return to Raleigh next week to see if they can work out a budget deal more than two…
    Sam Hieb, July 15, 2019
  • Cone Health exec calls SHP board memebrs ‘sorry SOBs’

    Greensboro News & Record obtains an angry (to say the least) email by a Cone Health executive blasting lawmakers– and state Treasurer Dale Folwell—over changes to the State Health Plan: Cone’s assistant director of finance Frank Kauder said in a July 1 message to the health plan’s mostly…
    Sam Hieb, July 11, 2019
  • Panthers leadership is “beyond talk” on MLS in Charlotte

    Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is “is trying to catapult Charlotte to the front of Major League Soccer’s expansion line, promising a level of success matched by few MLS cities,” while chief operating officer Mark Hart says “this is now beyond talk. This is action.” This…
    Sam Hieb, July 10, 2019
  • Winston-Salem dragging its heels on Dixie Classic Fair name change

    Sometimes this happens–citizens and the media get all worked up over an issue and then it just goes on the back burner for a while, if not forever. That seems to be the case even more in the Trump era. So it goes for calls to change the name of…
    Sam Hieb, July 9, 2019
  • Mecklenburg County sales tax referendum: ‘Going to be a big mess’

    Charlotte Observer analyzes the chances of Mecklenburg County’s proposed sales tax hike passing. County commissioners put the quarter-cent sales tax hike–which would funds arts and parks– on the ballot last week. Let’s start with the money quote from Commissioner Pat Cotham, who voted against putting the referendum on the…
    Sam Hieb, July 8, 2019