York voters speak on NPR

Alyssa Pressler
  • Four York County residents are on NPR to discuss the recent presidential election.
  • Some interviews aired Thursday morning, but a round-table discussion will be aired Friday morning.

York-area residents will be speaking for the second time on National Public Radio about the 2016 election Friday.

School board President Margie Orr speaks during the York City school board meeting at the School District for the City of York Administration Building in York City, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. It was proposed, at the meeting, that all home football games be held at 12:00PM on Saturdays, in light of recent shooting of two men during William Penn High School's season-opening football game at Small Athletic Field. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In 2008, NPR reporter Steve Inskeep spoke with 15 residents of York City about the election, which was between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The residents shared their thoughts on the candidates, which one they voted for and how they felt after the results were revealed.

Kevin Leahy, editor for NPR's Morning Edition program, said York City was chosen for its diversity, its background and its location in a swing state.

"(York) has a lot of the issues and challenges and character that a lot of cities have in places that wound up having a big impact on this recent election," he said at that time.

This week, Inskeep revisited some of the voters to hear their thoughts on the most recent election and Obama's eight years in office.

Then and now: On Thursday morning, Morning Edition aired new conversations with four of the voters, including Sarah Block Yacoviello, who works with nonprofits, according to her interview.

Yacoviello voted for Trump, and while she said she won't excuse his inflammatory speech, she believes a conservative candidate is the best for the job.

Also re-interviewed was York City School District Board President Margie Orr. Orr talked about her feelings of disbelief over President-elect Donald Trump's victory and her thoughts on the last eight years with Obama. According to the interview, she campaigned for Hillary Clinton this election season.

"We as black people, we know how to survive," Orr said to Inskeep. "Good or bad, I'll live on."

Cal Weary, a former art teacher who currently runs the art gallery at Marketview Arts, according to his interview online, said he felt people who voted for Trump were not taking race issues as seriously as they should. He said in the interview he was concerned about the future for his three mixed-race children.

Weary is a Republican, but he voted for Clinton in November.

Finally, Inskeep visited with Don Gettys, a constable in the area who voted for Trump. Gettys spoke about Obama's eight years in office and his dislike for the number of illegal immigrants in the country, though he admitted that illegal immigration does not affect him personally in his interview online.

"They all feel a little differently about race and the election," Leahy said.

The individual interviews were just the beginning of the revisiting. On Friday morning, all four York voters will sit down together and discuss both the 2008 and 2016 elections in a round-table format.

Leahy said the feedback of the 2008 segments and the individual interviews aired Thursday morning has been positive. The goal of the show was to follow up and see how York has changed as well as how the people they interviewed eight years ago have changed, but many have said the project encourages them to see the world from different viewpoints.

"One of our guests actually shared a message she received from someone," Leahy said. "The gist was 'I don’t agree with the candidate you voted for, but hearing you think through these issues made me listen and made me want to hear your point of view,'"

Local listeners will be able to tune in at 6:08 a.m. and again at 8:08 a.m. at WITF 89.5. For the Lancaster area, tune in to WITF 99.3. If you miss the broadcast, find it on the website NPR.org under programs/Morning Edition.