Michael Tomsic

Reporter

Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s covered everything from a U.S. presidential visit and a shortage of life-saving cancer drugs to a college football scandal and a cutting-edge art exhibit. Michael has interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews with Nas and Branford Marsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. At UNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern with WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

BlueCross Raises Rates On Obamacare Exchange In NC

A slide from BlueCross' presentation about the new rates.
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North Carolina's largest health insurance company is raising the cost of its plans on the insurance exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. But the hike by BlueCross BlueShield shouldn't affect the pocketbook of most customers.

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Local News
6:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Five Candidates Vie For At-Large Seats On Mecklenburg County Board Of Commissioners

From left: Scott Carlisle, Pat Cotham, moderator Shawn Flynn, Trevor Fuller, Ella Scarborough and Emily Zuyus participate in a debate for county commission.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Three at-large seats are up for grabs this election on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, which sets the county's budget and policies. Five candidates participated in a debate Tuesday at WTVI. One of the ways they differentiated themselves was on the referendum to increase the county sales tax.

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Local News
8:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

US Supreme Court Rules NC Can Use Voting Changes This November

The U.S. Supreme Court.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that North Carolina can move forward with voting restrictions this November. The court is effectively nullifying an appeals court ruling last week that said parts of North Carolina's election overhaul would cause African-Americans irreparable harm this November. It's the latest step – but not the last – in lawsuits against the overhaul Republicans passed last year.

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Local News
6:46 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Charlotte City Council Gets Update, Worst-Case Scenario For I-77 Toll Lanes

Credit NC DOT

State and city transportation officials pitched the Charlotte City Council Monday night on why toll lanes are a good idea for I-77. After pointed questions from council members, they also walked through what the worst-case scenario for the toll project would be.

Warren Cooksey from the North Carolina Department of Transportation started with an image of a massive Chinese freeway: 19 lanes snarled with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

His point was that more lanes don’t necessarily mean less traffic.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Is Coming To The Carolinas

Credit Washington University School of Law

Now that there's no longer a hold on a federal appeals court decision striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, federal judges in the Carolinas will have to follow that precedent. That means it's just a matter of time until bans in the Carolinas are struck down.

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Local News
8:53 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Inside The Case: Why Federal Appeals Court Put Some NC Voting Changes On Hold

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Federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department is likely to succeed in its argument that North Carolina's election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The appeals court ordered North Carolina to put some changes on hold this November. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joins us now to explain why.

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Local News
8:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Here's The Story Behind Online College's Winless Football Program

College of Faith practices behind an abandoned middle school.
Credit Michael Tomsic

There's a new college in Charlotte that's an online school with no campus or accreditation, but it has a football team. In fact, the football coach created the college last year. It's called College of Faith, and it's linked to online colleges with sports programs in Arkansas and Florida.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Appeals Court Puts Some Voting Law Changes On Hold

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Federal appeals court judges ruled this afternoon that African-Americans in North Carolina would suffer irreparable harm if parts of the state's election overhaul is not put on hold this November. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court ruled the state must still allow same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting, but a shorter early voting period will remain.

The federal appeals court judges ruled that parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul are likely to violate the Voting Rights Act.

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WFAE Talks
8:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Challenge, Enrollment Problems, Conspiracy Theories

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Reporter Michael Tomsic tells Greg, Lisa and Ben how arguments have evolved in the federal lawsuit over the overhaul to North Carolina's voting law. The group also discusses the consequences of the state's failure to accurately predict CMS enrollment, and why conspiracy theories thrive despite scientific evidence that proves them wrong.

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Local News
7:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over NC Voting Overhaul

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The League of Women Voters, the U.S. Justice Department and others squared off one last time with the state of North Carolina Thursday over whether to put the state's sweeping election overhaul on hold this November. In uptown Charlotte, a panel of three federal appeals court judges peppered both sides with a variety of questions.

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