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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Local News
8:38 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets

Concord native Gene Verble as a Charlotte Hornet in the 1950s.
Credit Charlotte Hornets/Charlotte Knights

Before there were Charlotte Hornets who made slam dunks and shot three-pointers, the city had Hornets who hit grand slams and threw strike-outs. Minor league baseball teams called the Hornets played in Charlotte from 1901 to 1972. On Monday, some former players got a first-hand look at BB&T ballpark - the new home of Charlotte’s current minor league team, the Knights. WFAE’s Mark Rumsey sat down with Concord native Gene Verble, a former major leaguer with the Washington Senators who played for the Hornets from 1956-1959, including  three years as player/manager.   Verble, 86, reminisced about life in the minor leagues during that era.

Interview with former Charlotte Hornets baseball player/manager Gene Verble.

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Local News
8:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle?

Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget,  including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal.  

During an appearance Monday on WFAE's Charlotte Talks, McCrory chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent  Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. McCrory went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget.   

WRAL-TV Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.

Analysis of NC budget negotiations.

Local News
4:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Anniversary Of USAir Flight 1016 Crash

USAir Flight 1016
Credit NTSB / aviation-safety.net

Twenty years ago Thursday, a USAir jet crashed near Charlotte-Douglas airport, killing 37 of the 52 passengers aboard. Flight 1016 was arriving in Charlotte on a flight from Columbia, SC, on the evening of July 2, 1994. All five crew members survived the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation concluded that the plane flew into a "wind-shear," produced by a rapidly-developing thunderstorm near the airport.

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Local News
2:29 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets' Top Draft Picks Bring Talent - And A Few Questions

Former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston.
Credit David T. Foster, III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Hornets added some height to their roster with a pair of first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.   The team used its number-nine choice to draft 6-foot-10 Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.    The Hornets picked up former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston with their other first-round choice.    WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke with Charlotte  Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen to get his thoughts on what the new players will bring to the mix for the Hornets.

Interview about Hornets NBA draft picks.

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Local News
8:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Kings Mountain Exhibit Recalls Health Care Of Yesteryear

Red Cross uniform
Jennifer Lang WFAE

Many of us dread going to the dentist. After all, having a cavity filled is no fun -- even  with modern equipment. But as WFAE's Mark Rumsey found out during a recent visit to Kings Mountain, North Carolina -- we 21st century citizens have it pretty good.   

Feature story on "Say Ahh!" exhibit in Kings Mountain.

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Local News
10:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

NC - SC Border Highlights Jobs Competition

South Carolina scored some notable victories this week in the competition for new jobs in the Charlotte region. Three companies announced plans to bring a combined total of at least 3,900 new jobs to York and Chester counties. Two of those expansions involve relocating jobs that are currently based in Charlotte.   John Lassiter, a former Charlotte City Council member who now chairs the North Carolina Economic Development Board, talks to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the challenges in competing with the incentives that South Carolina can offer.


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Local News
2:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate

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Governor Pat McCrory, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.

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Arts & Life
11:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Cultural Life Task Force Nearly Set To Release Recommendations For Arts Funding

A group of community and arts leaders in Charlotte is still working to develop recommendations on how to keep arts-and-cultural organizations afloat in the future.  

The Cultural Life Task Force was originally scheduled to release its report by February, but that’s been postponed until June, Task Force co-chair Valecia McDowell told WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

Listen here to Mark Rumsey's interview of Valecia McDowell, co-chair of the Cultural Life Task Force.

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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
11:38 am
Thu April 24, 2014

School Run By CMS, Non-Profit To Open At Former Boulevard Homes

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board approved plans Tuesday night to partner with a non-profit to run a pre-k- 8 school on the city’s west side.  It’s in the area once known as Boulevard Homes.  Before it was torn down two years ago, the public housing complex was often in the news for violence.  The Renaissance West Community Initiative is re-developing that area and this school will be at the center of it. 

Laura Clark is executive director of the group.  WFAE's Mark Rumsey asked her why it's important for a school to be part of this neighborhood?

Listen to Mark Rumsey's interview with Laura Clark.

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