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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Politics
12:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A Look Back On The Career Of Congresswoman Sue Myrick

Sue Myrick
Credit Myrick.House.gov

Congresswoman Sue Myrick retires next month, after nine terms representing North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Myrick cruised into Washington during the historic Republican sweep of the 1994 midterm elections. She offered a reliably conservative voice in Congress, and didn’t ‘hold back’ on the issues she felt most passionately about.   WFAE’s Mark Rumsey has this profile of Myrick’s congressional career:

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Politics
4:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Haley Appoints Congressman Tim Scott To Fill DeMint's Seat

Tim Scott
Credit www.TimScott.house.gov

South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott will become the first African-American senator from the state. Governor Nikki Haley chose him Monday to replace Senator Jim DeMint, who is resigning to run a conservative think tank. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic was at the announcement in Columbia. Here’s a transcript of his segment with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey:

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Sports > Charlotte Bobcats
4:14 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Bobcats Aim For Better Times

Charlotte Bobcats logo.
Credit Charlotte Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats finished last season with the NBA's worst record - 59 losses and just seven wins.  This year, the team has a new coach and several new players including #2 draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrest.     Team officials are hoping to make new inroads with fans and the community this season.  WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Bobcats' President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield to learn more about the team's new "gameplan".

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Mecklenburg County Government
1:51 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Reports Highlight Problems In Social Services Agency

Evidence continues to surface of troubling failures in Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.  11 children whose families were under DSS supervision or had recent contact with social workers have died since 2007.   Now it’s been revealed that the County didn’t publicize the findings of a taxpayer-funded consultants’ report that recommended changes in DSS operations last year .   The Charlotte Observer has uncovered details of this story and reporter Fred Clasen-Kelly spoke with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey.

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Public Conversations
12:03 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Respect And Disrespect: What's Up In Our Society?

Panelists Cyndi Shaw, school psychologist, Jerry McGee, president of Wingate University, Judge Rickye McCoy Mitchell, WFAE News Director Greg Collard
Jennifer Lang

This community forum explored what many people see as a widespread culture of disrespect permeating our society and communities today.  Panelists and audience members discussed the causes and effects of this apparent breakdown in common respect.   The forum also examined the roles of parents, schools, public figures, the media and other groups in fostering an atmosphere of respect, or disrespect, in the local community.  

 

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

State Park Officials Stress Hiker Safety After Boy Scout Dies In Weekend Fall

A view from near the summit of North Carolina's 600-foot Stone Mountain in Wilkes County
Mark Rumsey

State Park officials continue to investigate the weekend death of 16-year old Boy Scout Chris Overcash at North Carolina's Stone Mountain State Park in Wilkes County.  The teenager fell to his death from near the summit of the 600-foot granite mound during a Scout outing on Saturday.   Park officials say Overcash had ventured about 100 yards off the designated trail.  

About 14 million people visit North Carolina's 41 state parks each year.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey talked about hiker safety with Charlie Peek, spokesman for the state Division of Parks and Recreation.

Local News
5:47 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Was Jesus Married? UNC Charlotte Religion Expert Assesses Latest Suggestion

A Harvard historian has made public a papyrus fragment that purportedly quotes Jesus as making reference to his "wife".   Dr. James Tabor, chair of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte has done extensive research on early Christianity and he talks about the newly-revealed discovery in this interview with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.   
See Dr. Tabor's blog posts on this topic.
Read more on the discovery from The Christian Century.

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DNC 2012
5:12 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Foxx Recaps DNC2012

Mayor Anthony Foxx

The delegates and celebrities, street vendors and protesters have vanished from the streets of Uptown Charlotte.    But city leaders are basking in the after-glow of the  Democratic National Convention.   A tired but happy Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx sat down in his office with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey to recap the DNC and its impact on the city.

DNC 2012
12:07 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Dancing Deputies

Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff's Deputy directing traffic on Tryon St. in Charlotte.
Tanner Latham

Never mind the big-name politicians, and the Hollywood and media celebrities. 
The “show stoppers” at one Uptown Charlotte intersection during this week’s DNC have been a handful of very energetic sheriff’s deputies…directing traffic.
 



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DNC 2012
5:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Famous And Not-So-Famous Doing The Work Of The Candidates

Presidential candidates cannot be everywhere at once, so they have an arsenal of surrogates, people who speak on their behalf and hammer home the campaigns’ message points.   For the most part, they fall into two camps, political surrogates and celebrity surrogates.   WFAE’s Tanner Latham joins host Mark Rumsey in the studio to talk about the role of surrogates in the campaign.


MR: Tanner, give us a quick rundown of the people who’ve been hitting us up for interviews. 

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