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 plan by state lawmakers to reroute lower-performing students otherwise bound for UNC schools through community college has garnered a lot of concern from university leaders. NC GAP is aimed at making it cheaper for students to get a college diploma. A recent report compiled by both systems found it would do that, but would also likely result in fewer students graduating with bachelor’s degrees. 

It’s been a month since the Charlotte City Council approved an expansion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. And it’s safe to say we’ll be reporting on the controversy surrounding it for a while longer.

The ordinance prohibits businesses from discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation, but most of the controversy surrounds a provision that lets transgender people use the bathroom of the sex they identify with. State lawmakers appear poised to strike down that provision and prohibit any local government from enacting similar ordinances.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stopped in Hickory today to hold what he called "a lovefest." He fired up the crowd at Lenoir Rhyne University with talk of trade deals, immigration, and ISIS. Supporters and opponents of Trump outside the auditorium were also fired up.

WFAE’s David Boraks and Lisa Worf were there and discuss the mood of the rally.

Attorneys for North Carolina say lawmakers carefully followed a court order in drawing a new congressional map that does not use race as the dominant factor. In new court filings, the state argues those who sued over the old map have failed to show the new one is a gerrymander of any kind. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss the latest.

The plaintiffs who successfully sued over North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plan say the new congressional districts are no better than what the court struck down. Attorneys have filed their specific legal objections, and WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to explain.

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CMS officials have begun drafting guidelines for how the district will draw new school attendance zones. The 

student assignment process will be designed to address several goals, including reducing the number of schools that have high concentrations of poor and high-needs children. A new study could give CMS leaders another point to consider. 

Restaurants and clubs, police, and Charlotte Transit officials are all preparing for crowds uptown on Sunday, as people gather to watch the Panthers and Broncos play across the country in Super Bowl 50. CMPD says it will be staffed "appropriately" and has contingency plans in place. 

If you’re looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl, but don’t have an invitation you’ve still got plenty of choices around Charlotte. Sports bars and restaurants will be throwing their doors wide open for fans. Some other venues are offering more elaborate Super Bowl options. Your choice might depend on your budget.

At some venues, you’ll pay just to get in the door for the big game.  As in – cover charge.  For example, Tilt on Trade, uptown, advertises on its website that “$20 cover gets complimentary draft and food.” 

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It’s been about nine months since Charlotte’s longtime City Arborist, Don McSween retired – after 33 years in the job. Now, the city is recruiting a replacement to oversee Charlotte’s treasured tree canopy. WFAE’s Mark Rumsey has more on the search:

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A Muslim woman from Charlotte is still making national headlines, days after she was escorted from a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, SC. Rose Hamid stood up in a “silent protest” during a Friday night speech by the Republican presidential candidate in the Winthrop Coliseum.  Hamid was wearing the Muslim head-scarf known as a hijab.  She spoke Monday with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey.