David Larson is the Opinion Editor of Carolina Journal. He helps to assign and edit reporters’ articles as well as writing articles of his own on state government, politics, and culture.


Before coming to Carolina Journal, David spent four years with North State Media, where he was associate editor of their North State Journal print newspaper and managing editor of a local print paper, Stanly County Journal. Prior to realizing that journalism and writing in general were his vocation, David spent about seven years in North Carolina politics. He ran the legislative offices of current state Senate Majority Leader Kathy Harrington and now-U.S. Congressman Dan Bishop at the N.C. General Assembly. David was also campaign manager for former state. Sen. Jim Davis in 2012 and 2014, as well as deputy director of the N.C. Republican Senate Caucus.


David has a bachelors degree in political science from Hope College in Michigan and a masters in theological studies from Spring Hill College in Alabama. He lives in Hillsborough with his wife and two young children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, chess, guitar, carpentry, and attempting to write fiction.