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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Police arrested two people following a high-speed chase that started in northwest Charlotte and ended in Gaston County Wednesday afternoon.  The two people taken into custody are the suspects in a shooting of a man and a pregnant woman that occurred earlier that day on Effingham Road, police said in a statement. 

Charlotte skyline at dusk
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Charlotte residents can add their voices to the city’s ongoing discussions about affordable housing during Monday's City Council meeting.  

Charlotte skyline
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There were 12 murders in Charlotte from January through March of this year, compared to 21 homicides during the first three months of last year. 

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the fatal police shooting of a man on Friday night northeast of downtown in Winston-Salem.

By 2025, it’s projected that one in five North Carolinians will be age 65 or older. WFAE is looking for people who are currently exploring their options for senior care in the Charlotte region.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The City of Charlotte and CMPD are making plans for a new survey of how residents perceive crime and public safety in Charlotte. 

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Mecklenburg County health officials say more than 525 people came to emergency rooms with opioid overdoses in the county last year.  That’s about a 45 percent increase from the previous year.  Across North Carolina in 2017, emergency rooms reported a nearly 40 percent increase in visits for opioid overdoses.  Mecklenburg County government and partner agencies will host a summit Thursday to address the growing opioid crisis. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

The proposed historic landmark designation of Charlotte’s old Wilmore Elementary school is back on the City Council agenda.

The man suspected of fatally shooting a York County sheriff’s deputy and wounding three other officers in January is now out of the hospital and in jail.  Atrium Health confirms that 47-year old Christian McCall was discharged this morning – two months after the shootings.

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Tomorrow, students from several Charlotte-area high schools plan to participate in a national school walkout.  It’s designed to commemorate the 17 people who were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month.  Students also want to call attention to the issue of school violence and press elected officials for solutions.