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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Local News
11:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Winthrop Professor Unlocks Mystery Of First African-American Female Novelist

Credit The Bondwoman's Narrative, Beineke Library, Yale University

A novel called The Bondwoman's Narrative was a best-seller in 2002 - about 150 years after it was written. The book is believed to be the first novel penned by an African-American woman. The author was listed as "Hannah Crafts," but no one knew the identify of the writer. That has changed, thanks to the research of Winthrop University professor Gregg Hecimovich. He's the chairman of the Winthrop's English Department. He's identified the author as a former North Carolina slave named Hannah Bond, and his findings are endorsed by prominent scholars such as Henry Louis Gates. Professor Hecimovich spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about his research:


Local News
11:54 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

CMPD Officers Navigate Post-Shooting Emotions

Volunteer chaplains serving the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are making themselves available this week to any police officer who wants to talk about Saturday's fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick.   Pastor Terry Sartain has been a chaplain to Charlotte's police force since 2004.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Sartain about  his role in the aftermath of the shooting.

Local News
3:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Charlotte Knights Announce First Game At New Field

A knight's suit of armour stands watch over press conference in the under-construction baseball stadium.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The Charlotte Knights Wednesday announced that the first game in the new BB&T Ballpark will be played on April 11, 2014 against the Norfolk Tides.   

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Breaking
2:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Plan For Charlotte Airport Moving Swiftly In Raleigh

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says latest airport measure to create a 'commission' is just an 'authority by another name.'
Credit Julie Rose

If you're having trouble keeping up with the status of the Charlotte airport, you're not alone.  Yet another airport bill now making its way through the state legislature in the final hours of the regular session, which is supposed to end at midnight tonight.

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Local News
9:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Who's Happy, Mad And Meh On N.C. Tax Overhaul?

Taxes in North Carolina are going to change. The North Carolina House and Senate on Tuesday tentatively passed tax overhaul legislation, and Governor Pat McCrory says he'll sign it.

As lawmakers have considered multiple approaches to changing the state's tax system over the past few months, a variety of people and organizations have swooned over or screamed against the proposals.

So now that Republican leaders have agreed on a final plan, who loves it, who hates it, and who's mixed on it? 


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Local News
4:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Prosecutors Protest Weekend Inmate Releases

You may have assumed that a convicted felon who is serving time in a North Carolina prison would not be found hanging out at home or on a golf course on some weekends.   But each year, hundreds of state inmates - including some convicted murderers - are granted weekend leaves under a long-standing program designed to help minimum-security prisoners transition back into society.   The News & Observer in Raleigh published details of the program on Friday, and WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with reporter Craig Jarvis.


Local News
4:49 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

A New Look At How We Talk

A dialect survey map.
Credit Joshua Katz / Department of Statistics, NC State University

How do you pronounce "crayon?"  When you were a kid, did you chase "lightning bugs" or "fireflies?"  If you stepped outside and someone said, 'The devil is beating his wife,' would you know what that meant?   WFAE's Mark Rumsey talks with an NC State student researcher whose color-coded "Dialect Maps" have become an Internet sensation.

See all the maps. 

Local News
4:47 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

N.C. Considers Three Tax Proposals

North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory are considering three different bills to overhaul the state's tax system. Republican leaders in the Senate introduced the latest and most ambitious one Thursday. There's also a bipartisan Senate plan and a Republican House plan.

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Politics
9:20 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Watt Anticipates Nomination Hearing

Mel Watt
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A Senate confirmation battle appears to be brewing over President Obama's choice of North Carolina's 12th district congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.   That's the office that oversees government-backed mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   Some Republicans are already opposing the President's choice.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Rep. Watt about the Administration job, and his confirmation prospects in the Senate. 

Local News>Healthcare
9:20 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Health Care System Defends 'Cheat Death' Slogan

CaroMont Health is standing by its choice of a new system-wide slogan, which was unveiled along with a change in name for Gaston Memorial Hospital.  The hospital will now be known as CaroMont Regional Medical Center.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with CaroMont's vice president of Marketing and Communications, Penny Cowden about the slogan "Cheat Death."

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