Mark Rumsey

Community Engagement Coordinator/All Things Considered Host

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.   

Later stops in his radio career found him reporting and anchoring local news at stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charlotte.

Mark joined the world of public radio in 1997 as News Director at WFAE.  Today, he continues to serve as local host for All Things Considered and produces WFAE’s Public Conversations, an ongoing series of community forums.  

If Mark turns up missing on a nice autumn day, you might find him on the hiking trails at North Carolina’s Stone Mountain State Park.   If he disappears for a week or two – check  the Tel Aviv airport.  Perhaps he’s found a way to again pursue his passion for traveling to the Holy Land.

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David Boraks - WFAE

For several years, Duke Energy has faced criticisms about its handling of coal ash, including concerns about contamination of groundwater around coal ash storage ponds at power plant sites in the Carolinas. Now, the company is facing scrutiny over the way it engaged with experts hired to study its handling of coal ash ponds. 

Court Documents

A new proposed redistricting map would change only a small number of legislative districts, but could have major implications on North Carolina politics. It was drawn not by lawmakers, but by a court-appointed professor to correct illegal racial gerrymanders and other districts that may violate state law.

All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss what all of this may mean.

2017 has been a dangerous year for pedestrians in Charlotte.   24 people had been struck in traffic and killed through the end of October, according to the Charlotte Observer. That compares with about 20 pedestrian deaths in all of last year.

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The FBI is investigating one of its counterterrorism supervisors, after a woman reportedly stole his gun from an uptown Charlotte hotel room in July.


Authorities say they’ve solved the kidnapping and murder of a Virginia Beach woman whose body was found in September outside a north Charlotte church. 

Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Tuesday is election day in Charlotte and other cities across the Carolinas. Voters in Charlotte will choose a new mayor, as Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith square off in the race to succeed Jennifer Roberts. The incumbent Democrat lost September's primary to Lyles.

Lyles, a former Charlotte budget director, has served two terms as an at-large city council member and is the current mayor pro tem.   Smith, a Charlotte native and commercial real estate broker, has also served four years on city council.

Visitors to the nation’s capital will soon have a new museum to consider for their list of attractions. The $500 million Museum of the Bible opens November 17, just south of the National Mall. The 430,000 square foot museum contains eight floors, and a wide range of exhibits. For example, visitors will find  ancient manuscripts and other relics, a David & Goliath depiction, and displays on how the Bible has influenced culture, politics, art, and more. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is continuing work on a project to upgrade more than 10,000 highway light fixtures across the state, including about 3,300 in the Charlotte area.  

Police Investigate Three Weekend Deaths On Charlotte Roads
Police say a man was killed in one-car crash that was reported shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday on Billy Graham Parkway near Westmont Drive. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified the victim as Crawford Junior Deveaux, 42. According to police, he was not wearing a seat belt and was apparently thrown from the vehicle, which struck a tree. Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash.

Mark Rumsey / WFAE

Dozens of conversations took place around Charlotte on Wednesday as part of a community engagement initiative called “On the Table CLT",  coordinated by Charlotte's Community Building Initiative. The gatherings were designed to bring people together in small groups to discuss how Charlotte can become what organizers call “a more connected, inclusive and opportunity-rich community.”  Here's how one of those conversations went: