Chris Fitzsimon


Chris directs NC Policy Watch, a joint project of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and the North Carolina News Network.

He writes columns about state policy for the Philanthropy Journal, delivers a daily radio commentary that is broadcast statewide on the North Carolina News Network, and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that airs on the network’s stations.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Chris previously was spokesman for the Campaign to Protect America’s Lands, a national, nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

He also is the founder and for nine years was executive director of the Common Sense Foundation in Raleigh, a nonpartisan public policy foundation whose mission is to expand the policy debate in North Carolina to include views and voices of those traditionally locked out of that debate.

A frequent speaker throughout North Carolina on government and politics, Chris has been quoted in scores of state and national publications and appears weekly on N.C. Spin, a television news talk show aired on stations throughout the state.

An award-winning television news reporter, he worked for four years at North Carolina Public Television and three years at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, where he covered government and politics.

In 1991, he left WRAL to become special assistant for policy and communications for House Speaker Dan Blue, and three years later founded Common Sense.

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