Michael Tomsic

Reporter

Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s covered everything from a U.S. presidential visit and a shortage of life-saving cancer drugs to a college football scandal and a cutting-edge art exhibit. Michael has interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews with Nas and Branford Marsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. At UNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern with WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.

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Local News
8:38 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon Retiring

Jeff Gordon at an awards ceremony.
Credit NASCARmedia.com

Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will retire after the upcoming season. Gordon's clean-cut style helped NASCAR connect with a new generation of racing fans.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

71 Percent Of NC Hospitals Receive Medicare Bonuses For Quality

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Compared to the rest of the country, a much higher percentage of hospitals in North Carolina received a bonus from Medicare this year based on quality measures. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal government data.

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Local News
7:46 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Widen I-77 Group Files Lawsuit Against I-77 Toll Project

Widen I-77 spokesman Vince Winegardner and about 15 of the group's supporters gathered at a law office in uptown.
Credit Michael Tomsic

An anti-toll group filed a lawsuit Tuesday to put the brakes on North Carolina’s solution to horrible traffic on I-77. The group, called Widen I-77, is trying to stop the state Department of Transportation from partnering with a Spanish company to add toll lanes.

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Local News
10:13 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Group Set To File Lawsuit To Stop I-77 Toll Lanes

A group trying to stop a toll project on I-77 is taking its argument to court. The group called Widen I-77 is filing a lawsuit Tuesday morning to stop the North Carolina Department of Transportation from partnering with a Spanish company to add toll lanes.

The toll lanes would be optional – you can keep driving in the current I-77 lanes for free, or if you have at least two other people in the car with you, you could use the toll lanes for free. Otherwise, you could pay to use them to speed up your commute.

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North Carolina
11:07 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Board Of Governors Forces Ross To Leave UNC System Presidency Next Year

Tom Ross

Without explaining why, the Board of Governors for the UNC system announced Friday that system President Tom Ross is on his way out. The board members who oversee the 17-campus system are forcing Ross to retire next January.


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Local News
11:08 am
Thu January 15, 2015

What's The Panama Canal Have To Do With Charlotte? Mint Museum Explains

Jon Stuhlman gives a tour of the Panama Canal exhibit at the Mint Museum Uptown.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Art, the Panama Canal and the Charlotte economy intersected at the Mint Museum Uptown on Wednesday night. The museum’s exhibit featuring paintings of the canal’s construction 100 years ago served as a backdrop for a discussion of Charlotte’s role in the global shipping industry – and how that role is growing.

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Local News
5:19 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

NC Leaders Want U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case

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North Carolina's legislative leaders will try to bypass a federal appeals court and take the case over the state's same-sex marriage ban straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Local News
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

In Largest Health Insurance Market, Premium Growth Slows

This shows the slowing growth of premiums for single coverage. In North Carolina, premiums for family coverage also slowed but not as much.
Credit The Commonwealth Fund


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Local News
5:50 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Remembering SportsCenter Anchor And Longtime Tar Heel Stuart Scott

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If you watch ESPN, you’re surely familiar with Stuart Scott. You don’t forget his style. Here he is giving highlights from a 1998 game between North Carolina and Duke.

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Local News
3:43 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Tega Cay Gets Sewage Spills Under Control

Credit Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

In South Carolina, Tega Cay has largely resolved what leaders say has been a black eye for the city – repeated sewage spills.

Tega Cay is a small city near Fort Mill that had an outsized sewage problem for much of the past few years.

"It seemed like every time there was a half inch of rain or better, we were getting reports of sewer overflows," City Manager Charlie Funderburk says.

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