Michael Tomsic


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.


Local News
12:56 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

SC Law Enforcement Provides More Detail On Bobby Harrell Investigation

Bobby Harrell.
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South Carolina law enforcement is releasing some details of the investigation that eventually resulted in the fall from grace of former South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell. Harrell resigned a month ago after pleading guilty to six campaign finance violations.

In February 2013, South Carolina's state law enforcement division began an investigation into then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell. The state attorney general's office asked the division, called SLED, to look into several complaints from the president of a watchdog group. 

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Local News
2:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NC Jobs Recovery Reaches Milestone

North Carolina has recovered the jobs it lost during the deep economic downturn,  according to the state Commerce Department's latest unemployment report. Here's some context:

The recession got started a little late in North Carolina – job growth continued until February 2008. That's the month when employment peaked. Then North Carolina crashed through 24 straight months – two years – of job losses.

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Local News
12:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

US Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriage In SC

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The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing same-sex marriage to begin in South Carolina. The nation's highest court refused Thursday to delay the marriages pending appeal.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

NC Among States With Highest Medicare Advantage Turnover In 2015

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North Carolina has the fourth-highest percentage of people whose Medicare Advantage plans will no longer be offered next year, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NASCAR's New Playoffs: Wrecks, Fights And Better Ratings

NASCAR's new playoff grid.

NASCAR's championship race is this weekend. It's the first time the sport will crown its champion using a new playoff system that concludes with a winner-take-all final race.

The new format makes NASCAR's playoffs much more like other pro sports – the emphasis is now on winning rather than just racing consistently. The change has led to more excitement on and off the track, with wrecks, fights and higher TV ratings.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

NC Tax Revenue Down Through First Third Of Fiscal Year

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North Carolina's tax revenues are down almost $400 million compared to the same period last year. That's according to a report the Office of the State Controller released Thursday on the first four months of the state's fiscal year.

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Local News
9:28 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Three Years Later, NC Redistricting Still In Court

North Carolina's Congressional districts after the 2011 redistricting process.
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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an Alabama redistricting case that could impact legislative maps in North Carolina. In fact, the Alabama case may be part of the reason the North Carolina Supreme Court still hasn't ruled on the redistricting plan here even though it heard the case almost a year ago.

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Local News
2:30 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Record NC Turnout In Midterm Would Be Abysmal In Presidential Election

North Carolina had a record-setting turnout this year for a midterm election: 2.9 million people voted.

Here's some context: to find a presidential election where fewer than 3 million people voted in North Carolina, you have to go back to 1996.

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Local News
4:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Maintains Supermajority In NC Legislature

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Republicans are maintaining their supermajority in the North Carolina state legislature. That means they can continue to easily bypass Democratic opposition and override the governor's vetoes.

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Local News
4:46 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In Mecklenburg County And Statewide, Early Voting Turnout Easily Beats Last Midterm

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Early voting turnout increased about 40 percent in Mecklenburg County compared to the last midterm election, according to the county board of elections. That's despite seven fewer days of early voting as a result of the state's sweeping election overhaul.

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