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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A drug advertised as a “legal psychoactive” would be off limits to minors in North Carolina under legislation nearing final approval in the General Assembly.

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A year ago today, nine parishioners were murdered during a Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church. The suspect in those shootings faces two trials, beginning later this year. Thursday during All Things Considered , we met some family members of one woman killed in the Emanuel AME shootings. In this segment, WFAE's Mark Rumsey talks to the family about issues of race, the Confederate flag, forgiveness, and the death penalty.

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A year ago, nine people were murdered in the midst of a Wednesday night Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church. The horrific violence was swift, the deadly results, sudden. For relatives of the victims, the past year has brought journeys that are far more incremental. They are journeys of grief, uncertainty, resilience, and of discovering new ways to define "family." One of those families shared pieces of their journey with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

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Cyberbullying has been a criminal offense in North Carolina since 2009. But the state supreme court has ruled a key part of the cyberbullying law is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision last week, the court found it violates the First Amendment by restricting speech. WFAE's Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey ro discuss.

A Charlotte company with ties to UNC-Charlotte is marketing a new medical test designed to help screen women for breast cancer. WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports. Researchers at UNC-Charlotte believe they've developed a method to detect breast cancer that's more effective than mammograms. It's a blood screening that perhaps most notably detects cancer in women who have dense breast tissue. Traditional mammograms often miss those tumors. Th e new test was developed by OncoTAb , a company spun off...

North Carolina public schools have received two sets of instructions regarding transgender students. The state's House Bill 2 says those students must use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate. But recent guidance from the federal government says schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. What is the NC Department of Public Instruction telling school districts to do? "The problem is - what guidance would we give them?" says NC Schools Superintendent June Atkinson. She believes the courts will ultimately rule that students should be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports.

Like all states, North Carolina touts itself as a good place to do business. But some corporations are boycotting the state to protest House Bill 2. The measure approved by legislators and signed by Governor Pat McCrory more than a month ago excludes a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression from state or local government protections against discrimination.

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It was a disappointing weekend for Hornets fans, after two losses to Miami and elimination from the NBA playoffs. But one fan had a particularly rough go of it. That would be the court-side season ticket-holder dubbed purple shirt guy. During the playoffs game, he paced the sidelines yelling insults at Heat players. And people noticed . Fans of both teams took to Twitter crediting or blaming purple shirt guy for firing up Heat Guard Dwayne Wade to make several big shots in the fourth quarter to propel the Heat to victory on Friday night in Charlotte. Michael Deason from Greensboro is purple shirt guy.

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Darwin called them “disgusting.” The biblical books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy call them “unclean.” Vultures have a generally bad reputation, but experts point out that the carnivorous birds play vital ecological roles.

In recent decades, vulture populations around the world have been plummeting, primarily due to human behaviors. WFAE's Mark Rumsey got some insights on vultures from Dr. Corinne Kendall, Associate Curator of Conservation and Research at the North Carolina Zoo...

NC Attorney General Cooper Won't Defend HB2

Mar 29, 2016

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.