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
8:53 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Inside The Case: Why Federal Appeals Court Put Some NC Voting Changes On Hold

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Federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department is likely to succeed in its argument that North Carolina's election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The appeals court ordered North Carolina to put some changes on hold this November. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joins us now to explain why.

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Local News
8:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Here's The Story Behind Online College's Winless Football Program

College of Faith practices behind an abandoned middle school.
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There's a new college in Charlotte that's an online school with no campus or accreditation, but it has a football team. In fact, the football coach created the college last year. It's called College of Faith, and it's linked to online colleges with sports programs in Arkansas and Florida.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Appeals Court Puts Some Voting Law Changes On Hold

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Federal appeals court judges ruled this afternoon that African-Americans in North Carolina would suffer irreparable harm if parts of the state's election overhaul is not put on hold this November. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court ruled the state must still allow same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting, but a shorter early voting period will remain.

The federal appeals court judges ruled that parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul are likely to violate the Voting Rights Act.

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WFAE Talks
8:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Challenge, Enrollment Problems, Conspiracy Theories

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Reporter Michael Tomsic tells Greg, Lisa and Ben how arguments have evolved in the federal lawsuit over the overhaul to North Carolina's voting law. The group also discusses the consequences of the state's failure to accurately predict CMS enrollment, and why conspiracy theories thrive despite scientific evidence that proves them wrong.

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Local News
7:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over NC Voting Overhaul

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The League of Women Voters, the U.S. Justice Department and others squared off one last time with the state of North Carolina Thursday over whether to put the state's sweeping election overhaul on hold this November. In uptown Charlotte, a panel of three federal appeals court judges peppered both sides with a variety of questions.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Panthers' Hardy Won't Play Until Domestic Violence Case Resolved

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman.
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Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play again until his domestic violence case is resolved. The Panthers announced Wednesday that the team, the NFL and Hardy agreed he should take a voluntary leave with pay. In July, a judge found Hardy guilty of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. Hardy appealed and is waiting on a jury trial.    

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Local News
4:44 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

AvidXchange Expanding, Creating 600 Jobs In Charlotte

Avidxchange co-founder Michael Praeger takes a moment as Gov. Pat McCrory applauds at a press conference in Charlotte.
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 A software company founded in Charlotte is expanding to create about 600 jobs. AvidXchange will also build a new headquarters at the Music Factory.

AvidXchange's first office was in an old fire station on the corner of Ninth and Brevard in uptown Charlotte. When Michael Praeger co-founded the company in 2000, he said that office consisted of five desks in what looked like a small, brick warehouse.

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Local News
3:54 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

SC House Speaker Indicted For Ethics Violations, Other Charges

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A grand jury indicted the South Carolina Speaker of the House Wednesday on nine charges that include corruption and ethics violations. The indictment is the latest in a months-long legal battle that's involved the South Carolina attorney general and the state Supreme Court.

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Local News
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Still Reviewing Suspension Policies

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board at its meeting on Sept. 9.
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system is still in the process of reviewing its discipline policies to determine why minority students are far more likely to get suspended.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, African-American students are 5.5 times more likely than white students to receive out-of-school suspensions. Hispanic students are 2.6 more likely to get suspended. Students with disabilities also get suspended at a higher rate. 

That’s all according to a report CMS staff and various community agencies presented to the school board in April.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Federal Court Will Hear Expedited Appeal Of NC Voting Lawsuits

A federal appeals court will give the North Carolina NAACP and other groups one last chance to argue that North Carolina's election overhaul should be put on hold this November. On Tuesday, the court granted an expedited appeal of a federal judge's decision that denied an injunction against some of the changes.

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