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NC Sen. Richard Burr Under Investigation For Stock Dumps

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A week before the U.S. stock market started to slump, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr sold off a significant portion of his portfolio — while reassuring the public that the nation was prepared for a pandemic. 

The Republican is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and received classified briefings about the coronavirus, which has critics wondering if he used that information illegally. NPR also reported on a secretly-recorded talk Burr gave to a luncheon of donors about the coronavirus outbreak. The senator shared dire warnings of the impacts of the virus. Meanwhile his public comments about the virus did not convey the same urgency. Host Anita Rao talks to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about this controversy and about the role of Burr in the passage of a relief bill on Capitol Hill. 

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Jeff Tiberii covers politics for WUNC. Before that, he served as the station's Greensboro Bureau Chief.