Michael Pope

Virginia Public Radio Reporter

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.

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A new poll of Virginia voters shows President Donald Trump trailing all of the main potential Democratic rivals by significant margins.

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Running for office isn’t cheap, especially when the stakes are as high as they are this year. But one very large campaign contribution is raising eyebrows across Virginia.


Candidates often brag about the amount of money they’ve pulled in. But, sometimes a campaign is known more for the amount of donors.


Marijuana is still illegal in Virginia, but some prosecutors across the Commonwealth are now taking new approaches.

A diversion program in Alexandria that takes a new twist on a familiar problem.

Should voters have more choices when they are at the polls? One Virginia congressman wants to create a new system of ranked choice voting.