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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Charlotte Water this weekend raised its estimate of how much raw sewage spilled from a broken pipe into a south Charlotte creek on Friday from 180,000 gallons to 200,000 gallons. The city says it took crews about 11 hours to stop the flow from a broken 21-inch pipe along Kings Branch, a tributary of Sugar Creek.

CMPD is investigating a weekend collision in which a pedestrian was hit by a police car and killed near uptown Charlotte.  Police said James Michael Short, 28, was crossing Morehead Street near Euclid Avenue when he was struck at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday by a police cruiser driven by officer Phillip Barker.

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For conservative and evangelical Christians, Hank Hanegraaff has long been a "go-to guy" for help in untangling a thorny Bible text or theological conundrum.  Hanegraaff has tackled listeners' questions for nearly three decades as host of the nationally-syndicated "Bible Answer Man" radio show, broadcast since 2004 from the headquarters of the Christian Research Institute in Charlotte's Blakeney area. Lately, Hanegraaff has been fielding questions of a more personal nature.  That's because on Sunday, April 9, he officially became an ex-Protestant. 

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While the Charlotte Citizens' Review Board made a powerful statement by deciding to probe deeper into the Keith Scott shooting, the board’s power is pretty much limited to making recommendations.

Council member Julie Eiselt has been working to make some changes to the board as chair of Council’s Community Safety Committee. She took a break from vacation in Rome to speak to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

Charlotte City Council members Monday night will consider proposed changes for the Citizens Review Board. It was formed in 1997 to give the public a way of appealing disciplinary decisions involving the actions of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers.  

Police in Charlotte are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday night on the city's northwest side.  It's the 47th homicide in Charlotte so far this year, compared to 23 killings as this time last year. 

CMPD says officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the Tropical Bar, Restaurant and Game Room at 4709 Tuckaseegee Road.  Inside the business, police found an adult male who'd been shot. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court this fall will take up a momentous fight over parties manipulating electoral districts to gain partisan advantage.  The cases could affect the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina and other states. 

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Voters in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District will choose their next representative in a special election on Tuesday. The election was required after President Trump tapped Republican Mick Mulvaney  to become White House Budget Director.

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Saturday marks the second anniversary of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Nine church members were shot and killed during a Wednesday night Bible study on June 17, 2015.   

The Charleston shootings prompted national outrage, brought down a Confederate flag, and launched family members of the victims on sudden journeys of grief and recovery.  A year ago, we introduced you to one of those families in Charlotte.  This week, WFAE's Mark Rumsey checked back in with the family of Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor. 

Charlotte City Council members are set to vote Monday night on a budget that would keep the city's property tax rate steady, and put more police officers on Charlotte streets.