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
9:27 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Reaffirms Landmark Asbestos Decision

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A federal bankruptcy judge in Charlotte on Thursday reaffirmed his landmark decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. Judge George Hodges ruled against a request by asbestos plaintiffs to reopen the record that led to his decision in favor of a bankrupt gasket maker called Garlock.

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5:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

NC Proposes New Rules For Abortion Providers

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for abortion clinics Monday. Abortion rights advocates are still studying the rules, but they're offering cautious praise for how they were developed.

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9:35 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Through Storytelling, 'Voices Project' Empowers People Impacted By HIV

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A diagnosis of HIV can lead to a deep sense of isolation - so deep that the fear of talking about it can impact not only quality of life, but treatment, too. The Mecklenburg County Health Department and local advocates are addressing this problem through something called The Voices Project. It's a way for people affected by HIV to share their experience with the community, and it'll take the stage Monday night at the Knight Theater.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Need For Food In Mecklenburg County Hits Pre-Recession Levels

In Mecklenburg County, the number of families who need help putting food on the table has decreased dramatically this year. That's according to Loaves and Fishes, which operates 20 food pantries in Mecklenburg County.

At the Loaves and Fishes food pantry near Statesville Avenue this week, families filled up carts with grains, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, and - with the loudest clang - a large turkey. 

Executive Director Beverly Howard says the pantries are on pace to hit a major milestone. And this year, for a change, it's a good thing.

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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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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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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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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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6:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

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

NASCAR's new playoff grid.
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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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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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