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-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Charlotte City Council members this evening will consider approving Historic Landmark status for the old Wilmore Elementary school, near Uptown.

Wilmore Elementary opened in 1925 on West Boulevard in what was then one of the city’s emerging “streetcar suburbs.”  The school became a focal point of cultural and social life in the Wilmore community.

It was a bit of a Valentine's Day 'downer' on Wednesday, delivered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein. Officials used the day to remind would-be romantics about the dangers of 'Sweetheart Scams.' That’s when criminals use what looks like a romantic interest to set victims up for not only a heartbreak, but also a financial fall. 

Matthew Cordell / macmillan children's publishing group

The American Library Association on Monday awarded its Caldecott Medal to Greenville, S.C. native and Winthrop University graduate Matthew Cordell. The Association gives the annual award "for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."

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It’s been about a decade since Congress passed a law mandating that railroads develop and implement safety technology known as 'Positive Train Control' (PTC), a system designed to monitor train locations and speeds, track switching configurations, and other data. If dangerous conditions are detected, PTC is supposed to override human operators and prevent accidents.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center

Next Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic day in the Civil Rights Movement. On February 8, 1968, South Carolina Highway Patrol officers opened fire on a crowd of unarmed black students during a demonstration on the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

Craig Huntly Collection.

During World War II, the pilots who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen were the first black enlisted men to serve as military pilots in the U.S. armed forces. The U.S. Army Air Corp created the segregated flight training program after the NAACP sued the military in an attempt to integrate the corps.

Ultimately, more than 900 pilots served with the Tuskegee units including more than 350 Airmen who served overseas during WWII. The fliers, nicknamed “Red Tails,” or “Red-Tail Angels," earned a reputation for successfully protecting U.S. bombers from German fighter aircraft. 

More than a week after a York County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot during a pursuit, many details of the incident remain unclear. And the man who authorities say shot Det. Mike Doty and three other law enforcement officers is still in the hospital.    

York County Sheriff's Office


Law enforcement officers from the Carolinas and other states filled row after row of pews at Charlotte's Calvary Church on Monday, as they paid tribute to York County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Doty. He was killed in the line of duty last week.

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.