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.

Ways to Connect

Evidence continues to surface of troubling failures in Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.  11 children whose families were under DSS supervision or had recent contact with social workers have died since 2007.   Now it’s been revealed that the County didn’t publicize the findings of a taxpayer-funded consultants’ report that recommended changes in DSS operations last year .   The Charlotte Observer has uncovered details of this story and reporter Fred Clasen-Kelly spoke with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey.

Jennifer Lang

This community forum explored what many people see as a widespread culture of disrespect permeating our society and communities today.  Panelists and audience members discussed the causes and effects of this apparent breakdown in common respect.   The forum also examined the roles of parents, schools, public figures, the media and other groups in fostering an atmosphere of respect, or disrespect, in the local community.  

 

Mark Rumsey

State Park officials continue to investigate the weekend death of 16-year old Boy Scout Chris Overcash at North Carolina's Stone Mountain State Park in Wilkes County.  The teenager fell to his death from near the summit of the 600-foot granite mound during a Scout outing on Saturday.   Park officials say Overcash had ventured about 100 yards off the designated trail.  

About 14 million people visit North Carolina's 41 state parks each year.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey talked about hiker safety with Charlie Peek, spokesman for the state Division of Parks and Recreation.

A Harvard historian has made public a papyrus fragment that purportedly quotes Jesus as making reference to his "wife".   Dr. James Tabor, chair of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte has done extensive research on early Christianity and he talks about the newly-revealed discovery in this interview with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.   
See Dr. Tabor's blog posts on this topic.
Read more on the discovery from The Christian Century.

Foxx Recaps DNC2012

Sep 7, 2012

The delegates and celebrities, street vendors and protesters have vanished from the streets of Uptown Charlotte.    But city leaders are basking in the after-glow of the  Democratic National Convention.   A tired but happy Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx sat down in his office with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey to recap the DNC and its impact on the city.

Dancing Deputies

Sep 6, 2012
Tanner Latham

Never mind the big-name politicians, and the Hollywood and media celebrities. 
The “show stoppers” at one Uptown Charlotte intersection during this week’s DNC have been a handful of very energetic sheriff’s deputies…directing traffic.
 


Presidential candidates cannot be everywhere at once, so they have an arsenal of surrogates, people who speak on their behalf and hammer home the campaigns’ message points.   For the most part, they fall into two camps, political surrogates and celebrity surrogates.   WFAE’s Tanner Latham joins host Mark Rumsey in the studio to talk about the role of surrogates in the campaign.

MR: Tanner, give us a quick rundown of the people who’ve been hitting us up for interviews. 

An academic scandal that has engulfed UNC-Chapel Hill’s athletic department may go back more than a decade.

Until last weekend, we already knew that the school’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies offered several classes and independent study courses that provided little or no instruction. The classes were popular with athletes, particularly football players.

An internal investigation that reached those findings last spring only went back four years, and warned that fraud could go back several years.

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