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
5:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, the new health insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act didn't sign up nearly as many young people as the White House had targeted. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the final enrollment data for this year.


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5:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Goodbye, Bobcats. Now, Bring On The Hornets

Coach Steve Clifford at the Bobcats' postseason press conference on Wednesday.
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The Charlotte Bobcats were swept out of the playoffs this week, but Coach Steve Clifford says the team achieved something this season it hasn’t had for a long time: relevancy.


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Local News
4:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

A New Lawsuit (And Argument) Against NC's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The United Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit in Charlotte on Monday arguing that same-sex couples should be able to marry in North Carolina. Of course, there are many challenges to same-sex marriage bans playing out across the country. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss where some of the lawsuits in North Carolina stand.

Let's start with today's challenge. What makes it different?

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Local News
9:27 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Volunteers Take Wounded Troops, Veterans Fishing At Badin Lake

Mike Mullis hold up a fish he and his fishing partner caught.
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

At Badin Lake, volunteers took a group of 40 wounded American troops and disabled veterans fishing late last week. It was the second annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival for troops and veterans at the lake, about an hour northeast of Charlotte.


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Local News
1:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NC GOP Candidates For U.S. Senate Square Off In First TV Debate

Davidson College hosted the first live TV debate between the Republican candidates for one of North Carolina's U.S. Senate seats.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Four Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave their views on limited government, Obamacare and even a little college basketball Tuesday night at Davidson College. It was the first live televised debate in the race


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2:12 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How NC Job Growth Compares To Other States

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

The North Carolina Commerce Department announced Monday that the state's unemployment rate declined in March to 6.3 percent. A federal department also released data recently that show how North Carolina's job growth stacks up against other states.


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Local News
9:29 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov

Healthcare.gov tells Danielle Brockington it has too much traffic.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Tuesday is the final deadline for people to sign up for health insurance this year through healthcare.gov. The online exchange, or marketplace, is a signature part of the Affordable Care Act, and it's supposed to make shopping for health insurance as easy as shopping for other products online. Over the past six months, WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been meeting with two young North Carolinians as they tried to use the exchange. Here are their stories.


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Local News
11:35 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A New Era Of Charlotte Baseball Begins...

The Charlotte Knights take the field for the opening game in their new uptown stadium.
Michael Tomsic

A hot dog, a cold beer and a spring evening in a sold-out ballpark – minor league baseball is back in Charlotte. After roughly 25 years of playing in Fort Mill, the Charlotte Knights played their first game in their new uptown stadium Friday night. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic was there.   


Local News
4:27 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Family Dollar Cutting Stores, Staff And Prices

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Family Dollar is closing stores, cutting jobs and lowering prices in response to sinking profits. The Matthews-based company announced the changes Thursday.


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2:40 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NC Cuts Unemployment Benefits, Pays Down Federal Debt

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North Carolina is on pace to pay back its huge debt to the federal government for unemployment insurance by the end of next year. That's largely because the state slashed unemployment benefits.


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