Mark Rumsey

Community Engagement Coordinator/All Things Considered Host

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.   

Later stops in his radio career found him reporting and anchoring local news at stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charlotte.

Mark joined the world of public radio in 1997 as News Director at WFAE.  Today, he continues to serve as local host for All Things Considered and produces WFAE’s Public Conversations, an ongoing series of community forums.  

If Mark turns up missing on a nice autumn day, you might find him on the hiking trails at North Carolina’s Stone Mountain State Park.   If he disappears for a week or two – check  the Tel Aviv airport.  Perhaps he’s found a way to again pursue his passion for traveling to the Holy Land.


Local News
3:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

CHS, UnitedHealthcare Reach New Contract

Carolinas Healthcare System and UnitedHealthcare have come to terms on a new contract. The agreement means that most UnitedHealthcare customers in the Charlotte metro area will continue to receive “in-network” coverage for services provided at CHS facilities.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Want A Six-Ton Historic Painting? Here's Your Chance

If you’ve been to Gettysburg, you may have seen the Cyclorama – a massive painting that colorfully and dramatically depicts battlefield scenes including the decisive event known as Pickett’s Charge. The work on display at Gettysburg is one of four similar pieces produced in the late 1800s under the direction of French painter Paul Philippoteaux. Two of those versions have been lost – but a surviving cyclorama is in North Carolina. And, it’s for sale – all 6 tons of it.   

The sprawling painting, when assembled, is 386 feet long by 22 feet high. The cyclorama’s three current owners showed the piece to potential buyers this week. The painting was rolled out on a floor at a warehouse in Wake County. One of the owners, Billy Ray Powell, spoke this week with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

Local News
1:38 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Pulitzer Prize Renews Spotlight On Domestic Violence In SC

The Post and Courier of Charleston is the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The newspaper last year published a seven-part series titled "Till Death Do Us Part"  which highlighted the problem of domestic violence in South Carolina. The series explored cultural and legal factors that contributed to the state having the highest rate of domestic violence deaths in the nation last year. WFAE's Mark Rumsey talked with Post and Courier reporter Doug Pardue, who helped research and write last year's series.    

Local News
5:23 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

CMPD Swears In 27 New Officers

Members of CMPD's 169th Recruit Class surrounded by collegues, family and friends at commencement ceremony.

Twenty-seven members of CMPD’s 169th Recruit Class were sworn in on Friday as brand new police officers.  During a ceremony at the Police Training Academy, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe told the new officers they’re entering law enforcement at one of the most pivotal points in history for police and community relations.  “Always look to be professional, always look to be honorable,” Monroe said.  

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Chief Monroe and some new CMPD officers about the challenges police and communities face due to the turmoil surrounding recent police shootings. 

Local News
3:38 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Longtime Advocate Reflects On Health Of Catawba River

Rick Gaskin at the 2013 Catawba River Spider Lily tour.

A longtime voice in the effort to protect and improve the Catawba River basin is stepping down. Rick Gaskins, the executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, leaves in June. Gaskins is a Charlotte attorney who started as a volunteer with the group shortly after it formed in 1998. Gaskins remembers spending his summers as a child, playing in creeks. Today, he has a more complex understanding of the Charlotte region's system of rivers and lakes.

Local News
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Knights Open Second Season In Uptown Stadium

Opening night of 2014 season.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Knights opened their new season Thursday night at home against the Norfolk Tides. This is the team's second season in BB&T Ballpark, where the Knights relocated last year from their former home in Fort Mill. In 2014,  the Triple-A Knights led the minor leagues in season attendance. An average of about 9,700 fans attended each of 71 home games. The team hopes to attract big crowds to BB&T Ballpark again this season. WFAE's Mark Rumsey discussed the outlook for that with Erik Spanberg, who covers the Knights for the Charlotte Business Journal.   

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Local News
2:54 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Larson Sentenced To 6 - 17 Months

Wanda Larson
Credit Union County Jail

A Union County woman Tuesday pleaded guilty in the case of an 11-year old foster child who was found shackled to a porch, with a dead chicken tied around his neck. Wanda Larson and her longtime boyfriend, Dorian Harper were arrested in November, 2013 after a sheriff’s deputy investigating a loose dog complaint found the boy shivering on the porch. Larson was a Union County social services supervisor at the time. 

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Local News
10:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Gullah Language Still Survives In Coastal Carolinas

If you venture to the coastal Carolinas or Georgia, you might still overhear some people speaking in a dialect that reaches back more than three centuries, to the arrival of slaves from West Africa. Slave descendants in the region became known as Gullahs, or in some places, Geechees. In 2006, Congress designated a National Heritage Corridor established to help preserve the Gullah-Geechee culture, including its language.  

"It is what's known as an English-Creole," or, a mixture, says South Carolinian Sharon Cooper-Murray. She has studied the Gullah culture for more than 30 years. Cooper-Murray adds that when Africans arrived in Carolina, they may have brought more than 100 languages and dialects, creating the need for a common dialect.  

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Local News
6:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Legislation Aims To Simplify Signing Of Health Care Advance Directives

Health care 'advance directives’ – such as a living will - have been around for several decades. But, surveys show that most adults in the U.S. have not put their wishes regarding end-of-life medical care in writing.   Advocates of advance directives say that in North Carolina, state law currently makes it harder for some people to sign those documents. But a bill expected to be filed Monday in the state legislature is intended to simplify the process. 

WFAE Talks
3:29 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

WFAE Talks Continues A Public Conversation: End-of-Life Planning And Choices

Credit WFAE

You know Mark Rumsey as WFAE’s All Things Considered host. He’s also WFAE’s Public Conversations coordinator. In this episode, Mark talks to News Director Greg Collard about what emerged from WFAE’s most recent Public Conversation on End-of-Life Planning and Choices.