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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Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

The trial of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick wrapped up Tuesday after more than two weeks of testimony. The prosecution and defense spent about 2-and-a-half hours Tuesday morning making their final case to jurors about whether or not Kerrick is guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting of an unarmed, black man, Jonathan Ferrell, two years ago. The jury started its deliberations at 2:40 p.m. and adjourned  for the day at about 5 p.m. Deliberations resume Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

In this segment, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn and Michael Tomsic break down the final arguments made by both sides.

  Since 1975, the non-profit organization Loaves & Fishes has helped put meals on the table for Charlotte-area residents facing a food crisis. The program works with government and non-profit agencies to supply 20 food pantries throughout Mecklenburg County. Last year, Loaves & Fishes served more than 78,000 people.  

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Scott Broyles is a former federal prosecutor, serving as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. These days, he's a law professor at the Charlotte School of Law with an emphasis on criminal and constitutional law. We asked his opinion and observations of Monday's opening arguments in the Randall Kerrick police shooting trial. He spoke to WFAE's All Thing Considered host, Mark Rumsey.

Thomas family

On July 27, 1990, Kim Thomas was murdered inside her home off Wendover Road in south Charlotte. The 32-year-old Thomas was well-known as an activist with the National Organization for Women. Thomas' husband at the time, Ed Friedland, was a kidney doctor in Charlotte.

For the first time since 1991, Charlotte will host an NBA All-Star game in February 2017. City leaders consider it a business and marketing coup, but it almost didn't happen. Charlotte's bid for the game had to overcome repeated setbacks. Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal wrote about the city's recruitment effort, including the public and private money that supports the bid. He spoke to WFAE All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

The Ritz-Carlton has agreed to refund customers who paid an extra service charge during the CIAA tournament in Charlotte in February. 

A nonprofit public housing agency in Scotland County and two of its former employees have agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle allegations of sexual harassment of women who applied for or received federal public housing vouchers.

Steve Hillebrand / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal wildlife officials say they’ll take more time to study the feasibility of maintaining a Red Wolf recovery program in eastern North Carolina. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also announced Tuesday that it will halt the release of any more Red Wolves from captivity into the five-county recovery area that includes Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties.  

Current discussions about the place of the Confederate flag on the American landscape raise questions about its presence in North Carolina. The flag most people recognize as the Confederate flag does not fly at the state capitol in Raleigh. But as often as twice a year, another flag that represents the Confederacy is briefly raised over the building. 

What’s called the First Confederate national flag flies in place of the state flag on Robert E. Lee’s birthday and on Confederate Memorial Day. North Carolina Historic Sites director Keith Hardison says the temporary displays are based upon public requests by groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an arrangement authorized by the state legislature in 1961.

In the 1980s, the state switched from the better known battle flag to the national flag. It has horizontal red and white stripes and a blue square on one corner and resembles the current state flag.   

For more on the history of Confederate flags in North Carolina, we turned to Dr. David Goldfield, a professor of history at UNC Charlotte.


Police in Shelby Thursday arrested the man wanted for killing nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, had fled almost 250 miles when he was caught.