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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WRAL

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday said his office won’t defend North Carolina's House Bill 2, the controversial legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed by Governor Pat McCrory in a single day last week. During a news conference in Raleigh, carried by WRAL-TV, Cooper added that the law is in “direct conflict” with existing non-discrimination policies on hiring in his office and the state treasurer’s office.  


NC Legislature

Update 7:30 a.m.

It took just 12 hours for a bill striking down Charlotte’s recent expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance to include LGBT individuals to become law. But the measure does much more than that. It also includes significant limitations in the power of local governments across the state.

Updated 11:15 p.m.

Governor McCrory has signed legislation that overturns an update to Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance and restricts the authority of local governments throughout the state in other matters, such as the ability to approve a minimum wage higher than the federal standard.

North Carolina lawmakers return to Raleigh on Wednesday for a special session. The goal of Republican leaders is to shut down a provision in Charlotte’s recently-updated non-discrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use the public restroom of their gender identity.

Last week, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke to Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition, which has been pushing lawmakers for this special session. On Tuesday, he spoke to Chris Sgro of Equality NC, which has been fighting an uphill battle to let Charlotte’s ordinance become law.

CPCC

A plan by state lawmakers to reroute lower-performing students otherwise bound for UNC schools through community college has garnered a lot of concern from university leaders. NC GAP is aimed at making it cheaper for students to get a college diploma. A recent report compiled by both systems found it would do that, but would also likely result in fewer students graduating with bachelor’s degrees. 

It’s been a month since the Charlotte City Council approved an expansion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. And it’s safe to say we’ll be reporting on the controversy surrounding it for a while longer.

The ordinance prohibits businesses from discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation, but most of the controversy surrounds a provision that lets transgender people use the bathroom of the sex they identify with. State lawmakers appear poised to strike down that provision and prohibit any local government from enacting similar ordinances.

David Boraks / WFAE

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stopped in Hickory today to hold what he called "a lovefest." He fired up the crowd at Lenoir Rhyne University with talk of trade deals, immigration, and ISIS. Supporters and opponents of Trump outside the auditorium were also fired up.

WFAE’s David Boraks and Lisa Worf were there and discuss the mood of the rally. 

ncleg.net

Attorneys for North Carolina say lawmakers carefully followed a court order in drawing a new congressional map that does not use race as the dominant factor. In new court filings, the state argues those who sued over the old map have failed to show the new one is a gerrymander of any kind. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss the latest. 

ncleg.net

The plaintiffs who successfully sued over North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plan say the new congressional districts are no better than what the court struck down. Attorneys have filed their specific legal objections, and WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to explain.

UNC Charlotte

CMS officials have begun drafting guidelines for how the district will draw new school attendance zones. The 

student assignment process will be designed to address several goals, including reducing the number of schools that have high concentrations of poor and high-needs children. A new study could give CMS leaders another point to consider. 

Restaurants and clubs, police, and Charlotte Transit officials are all preparing for crowds uptown on Sunday, as people gather to watch the Panthers and Broncos play across the country in Super Bowl 50. CMPD says it will be staffed "appropriately" and has contingency plans in place. 

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