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
4:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Attorney General Roy Cooper
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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper made that announcement Monday after the federal appeals court that sets the precedent for North Carolina and several other states ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel ruled Monday that Virginia's laws banning same-sex marriage "impermissibly infringe on its citizens fundamental right to marry."

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Local News
4:44 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul

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The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program Thursday afternoon. It includes major differences from what Governor Pat McCrory and the House are pushing for.  


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Local News
9:35 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory shares a laugh with Sealed Air CEO Jerome Peribere.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.

Before the announcement, Charlotte Chamber employees put strips of Bubble Wrap under everyone's seats.

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Local News
9:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention

Federal courthouse in uptown Charlotte.
Credit www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

Back in January, a federal judge in Charlotte issued what some have called a watershed decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge laid out how lawyers for asbestos plaintiffs withheld evidence and misled courts in old cases against a gasket manufacturer called Garlock. Since that decision, Garlock's bankruptcy case has drawn the attention of federal lawmakers, large auto companies, and health insurers.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul

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North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.


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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Governor McCrory Says Politicians Should Leave Charlotte Airport Alone

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a law to force Charlotte to transfer control of the airport to an independent authority. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory waded into the issue. In an interview with Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins, McCrory said the airport should be run like a business – by the private sector.

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WFAE Talks
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA

WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.

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Local News
9:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November

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A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.

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Local And State Elections
11:09 am
Thu July 10, 2014

NC Voting Law Court Case Continues

  In Winston-Salem this morning, a federal judge will continue questioning U.S. Justice Department lawyers on whether North Carolina's election overhaul violates the Voting Rights Act. All week, Judge Thom Schroeder has heard the Justice Department try to make that case, along with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups. They're suing North Carolina, and this week they're trying to convince a judge to put the changes on hold.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.

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Local News
9:33 am
Thu July 10, 2014

SC Supreme Court: Attorney General Can Prosecute Lawmaker Without Lawmakers Signing Off

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The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that South Carolina’s attorney general does not need permission from lawmakers to prosecute a lawmaker. The Supreme Court overturned an earlier decision that said Attorney General Alan Wilson had overstepped his authority in trying to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell.


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