- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The new chief executive of North Carolina’s leading conservative think tank comes to the John Locke Foundation from a similar organization in Colorado.

The foundation announced this week that Amy O. Cooke is now leading the group, which began in 1990 and now has nearly two dozen workers. Cooke worked for 16 years with the Denver-based Independence Institute, serving as executive vice president and director of its Energy and Environmental Policy Center. Her career also has included hosting a radio show.

Cooke, who spent her childhood in Wisconsin and Missouri, also will hold the title of publisher of Carolina Journal, the foundation’s newspaper.

Cooke is the foundation’s fourth CEO - with Marc Rotterman, John Hood and Kory Swanson as her predecessors.

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This version has been corrected to show that Kory Swanson was among the foundation’s past chief executives.

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