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.

Pages

Local News
4:02 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

NC, SC Officials File Their Own Same-Sex Marriage Arguments With Supreme Court

  Elected leaders from across the Carolinas have weighed in on the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over Tuesday. The cases are out of Ohio and three other states, but they'll determine whether any state can ban same-sex marriage.

Read more
Local News
6:10 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Establishes Charlotte Clinic

A man in a costume juggles at Novant and St. Jude's announcement in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

One of the nation's most respected cancer hospitals for children is establishing an affiliate clinic in Charlotte. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced Tuesday it's partnering with Novant Health on the clinic.

Read more
Local News
9:06 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Carolina Tar Heels Undergo Subtle Rebranding

Credit GoHeels.com

Carolina blue will be a bit more consistent from now on. UNC-Chapel Hill announced Monday night it's making some subtle changes to the Tar Heel brand.

Read more
Local News
9:03 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Why The U.S. Supreme Court Vacated NC Court Ruling On Redistricting

One of North Carolina's 2011 redistricting maps.
Credit ncleg.net

Four years after state lawmakers redrew North Carolina's legislative districts, it's still unclear whether those districts are constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday tossed out the North Carolina Supreme Court's ruling in December that upheld the redistricting. The nation's highest court is ordering the state court to reconsider the case in light of a similar Alabama case it recently decided.

Read more
Local News
12:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Orders State Review Of NC Redistricting

The United States Supreme Court building.
Credit Jeff Kubina / Wikimedia Commons

Four years after state lawmakers redrew North Carolina's legislative maps, it is still unclear whether those maps violate the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider the maps. WFAE's Michael Tomsic and Ben Bradford discuss what this means.


Read more
Local News
9:43 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

NC Lawmakers Consider Deregulation Of Health Care Facilities Construction

Credit National Conference of State Legislatures

Some North Carolina lawmakers want to roll back or repeal a law that regulates the building of new health care facilities. It's called a Certificate of Need law, and North Carolina has used it since the 1970s.

About three dozen states have Certificate of Need laws. They set up a review process through which states can determine when certain areas need new hospitals, surgical centers or even high-tech equipment.

Read more
Local News
9:34 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

CMPD Charges Four People In Johnson C. Smith University Shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged four people in relation to a shooting on Johnson C. Smith University's campus over the weekend. The student who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A Johnson C. Smith University student was shot in the shoulder area around 2:15 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car on campus. The university's president says the student was not targeted.

CMPD reports another vehicle fled the scene and then crashed. Police say they found three guns and marijuana in the vehicle, and then charged four people with crimes:

Read more
Local News
3:15 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

High Percentage Of NC, SC Hospitals Get Four Stars

Credit Kaiser Health News

Patients rate hospitals in the Carolinas as good but not great. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the federal government's new star ratings based on patient surveys.

Medicare didn't give a single hospital in North Carolina or South Carolina the lowest rating (one star), and there weren't a lot of five-star hospitals, either.

Read more
Local News
2:55 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

McCrory, Kure Beach Commissioner Take Offshore Drilling Debate To Washington

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is part of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Credit naturalresources.house.gov

The debate over what offshore drilling would mean for North Carolina played out before a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. In the red corner, North Carolina's governor. In the blue corner, a commissioner from a small beach town.


Read more
Local News
4:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Carolinas HealthCare System's Cutbacks Reach The Executive Suite

Joe Piemont.
Credit www.carolinashealthcare.org

Carolinas HealthCare System is eliminating its number two executive's job as part of cost-cutting measures. The Charlotte-based system announced Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Joe Piemont will lose his job at the end of May.

Read more

Pages