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Rob Christensen retired from The News and Observer in December 2018, after writing about North Carolina politics as a reporter and a columnist for 45 years. He has appeared on more than 600 TV or radio programs as a political analyst including the CBS Evening News, CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, ABC’s Nightline, Fox News and various PBS programs.

He has contributed chapters to five books on North Carolina and the South. His first solo book, The Paradox of Tar Heel -Politics (UNC Press) was judged the best work of non-fiction by a North Carolinian in 2008 by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. His most recent book, The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys was published by UNC Press in May 2019. He is currently working on a history of the Daniels family and The News and Observer.