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.

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Local News
9:34 am
Tue December 10, 2013

NC Red Wolves Face Survival Threats

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

About 100 Red Wolves roam a five-county area of northeastern North Carolina, as part of a federal program started in 1987 aimed at restoring the rare species.  Red Wolves were once common throughout  the Southeastern U.S., but clashes with the human population and bounties on the animals drove their numbers down sharply by the early 1900s.    Red Wolves were declared extinct in the wild in 1980.   

Today, North Carolina's Red Wolves have federal protection, but at least nine have been shot this year.  One problem is, hunters confuse them with coyotes, prompting calls for North Carolina to suspend coyote hunting where the wolves live.
WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with David Rabon, coordinator of the Red Wolf Recovery Program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 


Local News
5:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

School Districts Get A Closer Look At New Test Results

CMS officials announce the test scores on Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The North Carolina Department of Education Thursday released the school-by-school results of last year’s end of grade and end of class tests. It was the first year for more rigorous exams that test for national Common Core standards. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen gives All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey a breakdown of the numbers.


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Local News
2:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

AG Tensions Common Throughout U.S.

Roy Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has been speaking out lately on a range of issues, at times disagreeing with laws signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory.    Cooper is a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2016.   His public comments of late have sparked tensions with the McCrory administration and criticism from state GOP leaders.   For some analysis of the attorney general's role, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with James Tierney, a former Maine AG who now heads the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School in New York.


Local News
7:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Atheists And Agnostics Gather In Charlotte

You may remember seeing a billboard on Charlotte's Billy Graham Parkway a few years ago that read:  “One Nation.  Indivisible." Conspicuously missing was the phrase “Under God." The group behind that campaign is holding a convention in Charlotte this weekend, designed for what organizers call a growing community of atheists and agnostics in the region. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Jennifer Lovejoy, acting president of the Carolinas Secular Association.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Henry Louis Gates Discusses PBS Series 'The African Americans'

Henry Louis Gates

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is perhaps America’s most prominent black history scholar. In the last decade, his genealogical research has been the subject of several PBS specials.

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Local News
11:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Winthrop Professor Unlocks Mystery Of First African-American Female Novelist

Credit The Bondwoman's Narrative, Beineke Library, Yale University

A novel called The Bondwoman's Narrative was a best-seller in 2002 - about 150 years after it was written. The book is believed to be the first novel penned by an African-American woman. The author was listed as "Hannah Crafts," but no one knew the identify of the writer. That has changed, thanks to the research of Winthrop University professor Gregg Hecimovich. He's the chairman of the Winthrop's English Department. He's identified the author as a former North Carolina slave named Hannah Bond, and his findings are endorsed by prominent scholars such as Henry Louis Gates. Professor Hecimovich spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about his research:


Local News
11:54 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

CMPD Officers Navigate Post-Shooting Emotions

Volunteer chaplains serving the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are making themselves available this week to any police officer who wants to talk about Saturday's fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick.   Pastor Terry Sartain has been a chaplain to Charlotte's police force since 2004.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Sartain about  his role in the aftermath of the shooting.

Local News
3:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Charlotte Knights Announce First Game At New Field

A knight's suit of armour stands watch over press conference in the under-construction baseball stadium.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The Charlotte Knights Wednesday announced that the first game in the new BB&T Ballpark will be played on April 11, 2014 against the Norfolk Tides.   

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Breaking
2:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Plan For Charlotte Airport Moving Swiftly In Raleigh

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says latest airport measure to create a 'commission' is just an 'authority by another name.'
Credit Julie Rose

If you're having trouble keeping up with the status of the Charlotte airport, you're not alone.  Yet another airport bill now making its way through the state legislature in the final hours of the regular session, which is supposed to end at midnight tonight.

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Local News
9:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Who's Happy, Mad And Meh On N.C. Tax Overhaul?

Taxes in North Carolina are going to change. The North Carolina House and Senate on Tuesday tentatively passed tax overhaul legislation, and Governor Pat McCrory says he'll sign it.

As lawmakers have considered multiple approaches to changing the state's tax system over the past few months, a variety of people and organizations have swooned over or screamed against the proposals.

So now that Republican leaders have agreed on a final plan, who loves it, who hates it, and who's mixed on it? 


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