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 Police Department

CMPD is investigating a fatal wreck involving one of its officers. The police department said officer Warith Muhammad, 40, was off duty and driving a marked SUV on West Sugar Creek Road early Saturday afternoon.  Police say a preliminary investigation found that a car driven by Lachandra McCorkle, 25, pulled into an intersection from Sofley Road. 

Civil War reenactment at Historic Brattonsville in 2016.
Culture & Heritage Museums / Mike Watts

Since the violent clashes earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, communities across the South have been debating the future of their own Confederate statues and monuments.  The recent events have also raised questions about another long-standing tradition -- reenactments of the Civil War. In Manassas, Virginia, safety concerns prompted organizers to cancel a two-day reenactment that was scheduled to begin Friday. 

Reenactments are also part of the programming at Historic Brattonsville, a living history museum in York County, South Carolina.  A Civil War reenactment is scheduled there for October 28-29, but the venue is evaluating whether to proceed with this year's event.

NC General Assembly

Republicans in the North Carolina House on Saturday released a first look at their plan for redrawing district boundaries, as ordered by federal judges.

Statue of Henry Lawson Wyatt, Confederate soldier, on the capitol grounds in Raleigh.
Ron Cogswell / Flickr / https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/

Communities across the South face renewed pressure to remove Confederate monuments, following the deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In North Carolina, more than 200 monuments and memorials are dedicated to the Confederacy or Confederate soldiers, according to UNC history professor W. "Fitz" Brundage.

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.

Mark Rumsey / WFAE

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.  

MARK RUMSEY / WFAE

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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