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
4:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Prosecutors Protest Weekend Inmate Releases

You may have assumed that a convicted felon who is serving time in a North Carolina prison would not be found hanging out at home or on a golf course on some weekends.   But each year, hundreds of state inmates - including some convicted murderers - are granted weekend leaves under a long-standing program designed to help minimum-security prisoners transition back into society.   The News & Observer in Raleigh published details of the program on Friday, and WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with reporter Craig Jarvis.


Local News
4:49 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

A New Look At How We Talk

A dialect survey map.
Credit Joshua Katz / Department of Statistics, NC State University

How do you pronounce "crayon?"  When you were a kid, did you chase "lightning bugs" or "fireflies?"  If you stepped outside and someone said, 'The devil is beating his wife,' would you know what that meant?   WFAE's Mark Rumsey talks with an NC State student researcher whose color-coded "Dialect Maps" have become an Internet sensation.

See all the maps. 

Local News
4:47 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

N.C. Considers Three Tax Proposals

North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory are considering three different bills to overhaul the state's tax system. Republican leaders in the Senate introduced the latest and most ambitious one Thursday. There's also a bipartisan Senate plan and a Republican House plan.

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Politics
9:20 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Watt Anticipates Nomination Hearing

Mel Watt
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A Senate confirmation battle appears to be brewing over President Obama's choice of North Carolina's 12th district congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.   That's the office that oversees government-backed mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   Some Republicans are already opposing the President's choice.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Rep. Watt about the Administration job, and his confirmation prospects in the Senate. 

Local News>Healthcare
9:20 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Health Care System Defends 'Cheat Death' Slogan

CaroMont Health is standing by its choice of a new system-wide slogan, which was unveiled along with a change in name for Gaston Memorial Hospital.  The hospital will now be known as CaroMont Regional Medical Center.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with CaroMont's vice president of Marketing and Communications, Penny Cowden about the slogan "Cheat Death."

Education
4:49 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Bill Would Require NC Public Schools To Teach Kids Cursive

It used to be that learning to write in cursive style, was just a part of growing up.  But in this age of keyboards, keypads and tablets -- many people are asking, ‘is cursive writing still relevant?’   A set of common curriculum standards adopted by North Carolina and 44 other states since 2010 does not mention cursive writing.   But a bill introduced in the state legislature would require public schools to teach cursive writing.    WFAE’s Mark Rumsey looked into the issue.

Local News
4:50 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

N.C. About To Slash Unemployment Benefits, Raise Taxes

Credit Bytemarks/Flickr

A bill to drastically cut unemployment benefits and slightly raise business taxes has cleared its last major hurdle in North Carolina. Republicans behind it say it's going to be painful, but it's necessary to pay back the $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government for help paying unemployment insurance.

How did the state build up such a massive debt?

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Public Conversations
4:43 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Voices In The Gun Debate

Moderator Ben Bradford, Larry Hyatt, Rep. Mel Watt
Jennifer Lang

WFAE's Public Conversations Series examined the current debate on guns and gun violence in America. Panelists and audience members discussed recent proposals designed to reduce gun violence. Moderated by WFAE's Ben Bradford, the forum also addressed Second Amendment issues, enforcement of gun laws, underlying causes of gun violence, and the politics of the gun control debate.  

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mecklenburg Sheriff Unconvinced On Many Gun Restrictions

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey
Credit North Carolina Sheriffs' Association

Groups representing police chiefs and sheriffs from major U.S. cities and counties were in Washington for meetings this week.  Like the rest of the country, those law enforcement leaders are divided on recent proposals for reducing gun violence.   Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey attended the meetings, and he spoke with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

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Local News
9:55 am
Fri January 18, 2013

NC Health Officials Track Flu Outbreak

State health officials say the number of flu-like illnesses reported by health care providers went down last week.  But, at least nine people died from flu-related illnesses during the week and cases of the flu remain widespread across North Carolina.   For more on the current flu outbreak, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Nicole Lee, an epidemiologist with the state’s Division of Public Health.     

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