N.C. Policy Watch, a project of the N.C. Justice Center, is a news and commentary outlet dedicated to informing the public — including elected officials as they debate important issues — and ultimately to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

N.C. Policy Watch generates a large and steady flow of timely, accurate and hard-hitting commentaries, analysis and investigative news reports that inform elected officials, advocates, the media and the public at-large. The N.C. Policy Watch blog, The Progressive Pulse, is one of North Carolina’s most active and important public policy websites. Policy Watch Investigates is one of the state’s most important sources of high quality, independent reporting.

The staff members of NC Policy Watch speak frequently at forums and events throughout the state and regularly provide insights and expert analysis for various media outlets. N.C. Policy Watch also sponsors a regular luncheon series, “Crucial Conversations,” which brings prominent state and national leaders together with the community to talk about issues facing the state. N.C. Policy Watch Director Chris Fitzsimon is the host of a weekly syndicated radio show — “News and Views” — aired on several stations around the state. He is also a regular panelist on “N.C. SPIN,” a weekly television talk show about state government and politics.

The list of specific issues tackled over the years by the Policy Watch staff is a long one and includes everything from state fiscal policy, the affordable housing crisis, health care reform, K-12 and higher education, LGBTQ and immigrant rights, government and lobbying reform to environmental protection.

To subscribe to our newsletters and investigative reports, click here.

To request a speaker for an event or media appearance, please contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

If you would like to contribute to our work, please contact Rob Schofield at the phone number or email listed above or simply click here.

The staff of NC Policy Watch:

Chris Fitzsimon-8-12-HEADSHOT-edit-100x147 Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts “News and Views,” a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.


Rob Schofield, Director of Research, has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, writer, commentator and trainer. At N.C. Policy Watch, Rob writes and edits frequent opinion pieces and blog posts, speaks to various civic groups, appears regularly on TV and radio and helps build and develop movements for change.


Billy-ball-2-edit-100x147 Billy Ball, Education Reporter, joined N.C. Policy Watch in January 2016. He covers public education at the N.C. General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Before joining the project, Billy was a staff writer and investigative reporter for the Independent Weekly for more than three years, covering education, the environment, politics and the criminal justice system. Before that, Billy served as a general assignment reporter for the Sanford Herald and the Monroe Enquirer-Journal.


Clayton Henkel, Communications Coordinator for N.C. Policy Watch, joined the project in November 2009. She is responsible for the project’s website and newsletter management as well as production of its weekly “News and Views” radio program.


Ricky Leung, New Media Director, joined the project in October 2010. Before joining, he was at the Smithsonian Institution and at National Geographic Magazine Online, where he worked on multimedia strategy as well as web design and development.


General Information
P.O. Box 28068
Raleigh, NC 27611
224 S. Dawson Street
Raleigh, NC 27601