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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Charlotte City Council members are expected to decide Monday evening whether to resume televising public forums held before the council’s twice-a-month business meetings. The forums allow Charlotte residents to stand briefly before council members and speak their minds on any topic they choose.

Police in Charlotte have identified the teenaged victim of a fatal shooting this weekend.  According to CMPD, police were called at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to investigate a reported assault with a deadly weapon in the 2400 block of Carmine Street, off Statesville Avenue. Officers found Jarquavise Demonta White, 16, in the front yard of a home with an apparent gunshot wound. White was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting. It’s the fifth homicide in Charlotte this year.


Law enforcement officials say four homicides and multiple shootings in the Charlotte area over the past week involved domestic violence.  And, police and court officials say 27 percent of last year’s homicides in Charlotte-Mecklenburg were related to domestic violence. 

The number of such killings so early in the new year is “alarming,” says Karen Parker, with Safe Alliance in Charlotte.  The organization provides support and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Events marking the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will be held Monday across the Charlotte region. 

Updated Sunday, January 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Police in Charlotte say a mother killed her young son and daughter, then committed suicide by jumping from an I-485 bridge on Saturday. 

A federal court's decision to strike down North Carolina's map of congressional districts has cast uncertainty over this year’s elections.

Federal judges ruled Tuesday that the boundaries drawn by Republican legislators constitute an illegal partisan gerrymander.  The judges gave lawmakers about two weeks to come up with a new map.


The federal judges relied heavily on the findings of Duke University mathematics and statistics professor, Dr. Jonathan Mattingly.  He used computer programming and an algorithm to create thousands of simulated congressional districting plans for North Carolina. 

An autopsy report concludes that Erica Parsons, who was 13 years old when she was reported missing from the home of her adoptive parents in Rowan County in 2013, died of “homicidal violence of undetermined means.” The report released Tuesday by North Carolina’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also found evidence of multiple “blunt force injuries” on the girl’s body, and numerous broken bones in “various stages of healing.”



Updated Sunday, January 7, 2018: 3:20 p.m. - Mecklenburg County officials said today that an overflow shelter would be open Sunday night at the Tuckasegee Recreation Center, located at 4820 Tuckasegee Road. 

Temperatures dropped into the single digits around Charlotte early Sunday, as a week-long cold wave hung on a bit longer. Shelters and agencies that serve homeless people have been taking extra steps to offer a warm place to spend the night.  The Men's Shelter of Charlotte provided protection from the cold to an extra 63 people on Saturday night. 

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Friday marks the end of an era for NPR and millions of listeners, as longtime All Things Considered host Robert Siegel steps away from the microphone in favor of retirement. Siegel joined NPR in 1976 as a newscaster. He later became an editor, opened NPR’s London bureau, and served as chief of NPR News for a time. Siegel took up the afternoon hosting role in 1987. 

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Dressing in layers and other cold-weather protections are in order the next several days, as a cold wave gets a grip on the Charlotte region. Highs mostly in the 30s and lows in the teens are expected through the week.