Introducing: Carolina Forward Interviews

February 6, 2023

Today, we’re introducing a new project: Carolina Forward Interviews.

Led by interviewer Zach Berly, this video series will offer substantive, in-depth interviews with some of North Carolina’s most thoughtful and innovative leaders on issues facing our state. This series will portray our state’s up-and-coming leaders in context, and in their own words, to help viewers better understand the public policy challenges facing North Carolina.

We are kicking off this series with two featured interviews:

  • State Senator Sydney Batch, representing Senate District 17 in southern Wake county
  • State Representative Julie von Haefen, representing House District 36 in southwestern Wake county

In our interview with Senator Batch, we discuss leading in an environment of growing political polarization, why the Senator wasn’t surprised at her larger-than-expected win in 2022, and… WWE.


In our interview with Representative von Haefen, we discuss the new rule changes in the state House, the future of the GOP in Wake county, whether Democrats will hold united on sustaining the Governor’s veto, and why the Representative still takes time to substitute teach in her community.

Stay tuned for several new upcoming interviews at the Carolina Forward YouTube channel or on social media.

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