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 Charlotte Homicides Reach 70
Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday morning in North Charlotte. CMPD said officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call shortly after 6:30 a.m. in the 9200 block of Trinity Road, off Beatties Ford Road. The shooting victim, identified as 29-year old Larry Doral Watson, Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not say what led to the shooting and no suspect was immediately identified. This is the 70th homicide in Charlotte this year. CMPD says there were 69 homicides in 2016.

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee say they haven't determined whether Russia colluded with Donald Trump's presidential campaign in an effort to influence last year's election. But, added committee chairman and North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, "You can't walk away from this and believe that Russia's not currently active in trying to create chaos in our election process."

David Boraks - WFAE

After the fatal 2016 police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, City Council members released a "Letter to the Community," pledging to take action to address residents' concerns.  Now, a year later, the City is set to give a progress report.   


Body Found in North Charlotte Is Missing Va. Woman
CMPD says a body found Friday behind a north Charlotte church was that of a missing woman from Virginia. Police say Ashanti Billie, 19, was reported missing Sept. 18 after she didn't arrive for work at a sandwich shop in Norfolk. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that her cellphone was found in a trash bin and that her car was abandoned.  


Longtime Matthews police chief Rob Hunter retires on October 1, after a 30-year career with the Mecklenburg County town's police department. He's been chief for 24 years. 

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.

 Updated 7:50 p.m.

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.