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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In South Carolina, the three branches of government operate under a state constitution that was last amended in 1895, in the post-Reconstruction era. The document was designed at a constitutional convention called by then-U.S. Senator and avowed white supremacist, Ben “Pitchfork” Tillman. 

123-years later, a group of South Carolina legislators said it’s time to rewrite the constitution again.  Leading that effort is Rep. Micah Caskey, a Republican from west Columbia and chairman of the house freshman caucus. 

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Bojangles' reported earnings of nearly $49 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a little under $10 million during the same period a year ago.  The company's quarterly net income was $8.7 million, compared to $10.6 million a year earlier. 

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The LYNX Blue Line Extension will begin taking riders a week from Friday, running just over nine miles from 7th street, Uptown, to the campus of UNC Charlotte. Charlotte Area Transit System said a one-way trip along the entire extension route will take from 22 to 25 minutes. 

Duke Energy headquarters in Charlotte.
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The North Carolina Utilities Commission opens a hearing Monday on Duke Energy’s revised request for a rate hike for customers in western North Carolina, including the Charlotte area.  

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened early Sunday in east Charlotte. CMPD says officers were called shortly after midnight to a QT station at 5209 Central Avenue. Officers found a male gunshot victim, identified as 17-year old Daquan Shannon.

Shannon was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have made no arrests in the case, and there's no word on what led to the shooting.

Local Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Michalec asked city council Monday night for a 15 percent pay raise for CMPD officers.
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Monday night’s Charlotte City Council meeting was packed with CMPD officers asking for a pay raise, along with several other benefits. Mark Michalec, President of the local Fraternal Order of Police told city council members CMPD is losing officers to better pay elsewhere. 

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Charlotte City Council members Monday night could approve a revised plan for providing police protection in some unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County.

Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99. And as we look at his legacy a recurring question is this: Who is the next Billy Graham? It's a question that Bill Martin hears often as the author of a biography on Graham called “A Prophet With Honor.”

“It's not any one person, but these tens of thousands of preachers trained by organizations,” says Martin.  

That organization is the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Leighton Ford is a former vice president of that organization. He's also a brother-in-law to Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Evangelist Billy Graham has died. He was 99.

For six decades, The Charlotte-born preacher proclaimed the Christian gospel to more than 200 million people in most of the world’s countries. He also influenced social movements and politics in America and beyond.

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth is now speaking out on the murder of his pregnant girlfriend nearly 20 years ago.