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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2017 will apparently go out with protests in uptown Charlotte.  The group Anticom plans what it calls a "March Against Communism" on December 28 in Marshall Park.

Scheduled speakers include white nationalist Richard Spencer, who helped organize the rally that turned deadly last month in Charlottesville, Virginia.   On its website, Anticom calls on participants to “bring a torch” to the Charlotte event. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney speaks with a lot of bluntness these days. Take this example from a Charlotte Talks Public Conversation this summer. He addressed the lack of economic opportunity and other social challenges that disproportionately affect minority neighborhoods.

“I’m not going to say Kumbaya and let’s overcome everything. What I’m going to say is if you have financial means, support the work that needs to be done that changes these outcomes, and then you get out of the way and shut your mouth. And then let those of us who are willing to change outcomes, do so," Putney said at the July 12 event.

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Hurricane Irma now has a westward path, but it will still have some effects on the Charlotte area with winds of 25-35 mph. One new development is the possibility of isolated tornadoes, says WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich.

"Monday afternoon and into the evening, especially down in the south areas of Charlotte and upstate of South Carolina, we might see some isolated tornadoes. It's something to keep an eye on Monday afternoon," Panovich says.

David Boraks - WFAE

Longtime Charlotteans remember the shock of seeing streets and yards littered with untold thousands of trees, brought down by Hurricane Hugo in September, 1989. Could Hurricane Irma deliver a similar blow?

Updated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 - CMPD arrested Donny Lewis Franklin on Monday and charged him with murder in the death of Jeannine Skinner.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Tuesday arrested one of their own officers on a drug-related charge. 37-year old Officer Jennifer Wolfe is charged with five felony counts of Obtaining Schedule II Controlled Substance (Opioids) by Fraud.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

CMPD is investigating a fatal wreck involving one of its officers. The police department said officer Warith Muhammad, 40, was off duty and driving a marked SUV on West Sugar Creek Road early Saturday afternoon.  Police say a preliminary investigation found that a car driven by Lachandra McCorkle, 25, pulled into an intersection from Sofley Road. 

Civil War reenactment at Historic Brattonsville in 2016.
Culture & Heritage Museums / Mike Watts

Since the violent clashes earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, communities across the South have been debating the future of their own Confederate statues and monuments.  The recent events have also raised questions about another long-standing tradition -- reenactments of the Civil War. In Manassas, Virginia, safety concerns prompted organizers to cancel a two-day reenactment that was scheduled to begin Friday. 

Reenactments are also part of the programming at Historic Brattonsville, a living history museum in York County, South Carolina.  A Civil War reenactment is scheduled there for October 28-29, but the venue is evaluating whether to proceed with this year's event.

NC General Assembly

Republicans in the North Carolina House on Saturday released a first look at their plan for redrawing district boundaries, as ordered by federal judges.

Statue of Henry Lawson Wyatt, Confederate soldier, on the capitol grounds in Raleigh.
Ron Cogswell / Flickr /

Communities across the South face renewed pressure to remove Confederate monuments, following the deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In North Carolina, more than 200 monuments and memorials are dedicated to the Confederacy or Confederate soldiers, according to UNC history professor W. "Fitz" Brundage.