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 the wake of the weekend's racially-tainted violence in Charlottesville, Virginia - tensions have flared in other communities, especially across the South.  In Durham, protesters toppled a monument of a Confederate soldier that has stood outside the old Durham County courthouse since 1924.

And, since Sunday - a brief encounter in a Gaston County neighborhood has brought more emotions to the surface.  A video from the Facebook page of a Mount Holly woman named Page Braswell has gone viral.  She confronted a man who was flying the Nazi flag at his home. He told her his name is Joe Love. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke to Braswell about her encounter.

Wells Fargo sign at a bank branch
Flickr / Mike Mozart

High-level changes may be in the works at Wells Fargo. The Wall Street Journal reports the embattled bank is eyeing changes that will likely include the departure of chairman Stephen Sanger. He's held the post since October, when then-chairman and CEO John Stumpf abruptly stepped down.

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Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club is no stranger to golf's PGA tour.  Since 2003, the venue has hosted the tournament now known as the Wells Fargo Championship.  But next week, things go to a whole new level as the course hosts one of pro golf's four biggest annual events - the PGA Championship. 

CMPD says two people were killed early Thursday in north Charlotte. Police also reported that the victim of a Monday night shooting died in the hospital on Wednesday. The three deaths bring the number of homicides this year in Charlotte to 53. That compares to 32 at this time last year.

Charlotte City Council members will vote Monday night on allowing the sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m. Cities and counties across North Carolina have been voting on the issue since Governor Roy Cooper last month signed a bill to modify the state's previous ban on alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.  


Charlotte nonprofit Supportive Housing Communities (SHC) has purchased St. John's Place, a 32-unit apartment building in east Charlotte for $850,000.  The group plans to renovate the units and make other improvements.  

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Charlotte Water this weekend raised its estimate of how much raw sewage spilled from a broken pipe into a south Charlotte creek on Friday from 180,000 gallons to 200,000 gallons. The city says it took crews about 11 hours to stop the flow from a broken 21-inch pipe along Kings Branch, a tributary of Sugar Creek.

CMPD is investigating a weekend collision in which a pedestrian was hit by a police car and killed near uptown Charlotte.  Police said James Michael Short, 28, was crossing Morehead Street near Euclid Avenue when he was struck at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday by a police cruiser driven by officer Phillip Barker.

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For conservative and evangelical Christians, Hank Hanegraaff has long been a "go-to guy" for help in untangling a thorny Bible text or theological conundrum.  Hanegraaff has tackled listeners' questions for nearly three decades as host of the nationally-syndicated "Bible Answer Man" radio show, broadcast since 2004 from the headquarters of the Christian Research Institute in Charlotte's Blakeney area. Lately, Hanegraaff has been fielding questions of a more personal nature.  That's because on Sunday, April 9, he officially became an ex-Protestant. 

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While the Charlotte Citizens' Review Board made a powerful statement by deciding to probe deeper into the Keith Scott shooting, the board’s power is pretty much limited to making recommendations.

Council member Julie Eiselt has been working to make some changes to the board as chair of Council’s Community Safety Committee. She took a break from vacation in Rome to speak to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.