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
9:29 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Gas-Guzzling NASCAR Takes Green Initiatives To Heart

A pit crew member rolls containers of ethanol-blended fuel toward the racetrack.
Credit Michael Tomsic

When you think "environmentally friendly," NASCAR is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

After all, burning fuel is a fundamental part of stock car racing. But NASCAR, like other pro sports, is trying to decrease its carbon footprint. Some of those initiatives will be on display at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Local News
1:31 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

NC, Other States Suing 'Phony' Cancer Charities

North Carolina leaders are calling out several cancer charities that barely used any of the money they raised to actually benefit cancer victims. Attorney General Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall announced Tuesday they're part of a lawsuit against what they call "phony" charities. 

Secretary Marshall says government leaders "are sending the message to those trying to rip-off the giving public that we can find you, shut you down, and take you to court."

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Local News
5:31 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Medicaid Gap Steers More Patients To Community Health Centers

From left: Nancy Hudson and other staff at Charlotte Community Health Clinic.
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte and across the country, there’s a growing need at community health centers. They treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. And the increased need is a surprising result to some clinic leaders, who thought the Affordable Care Act would mean fewer people needing charity care.

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Local News
4:17 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

NC Nursing Homes Rate Poorly

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North Carolina has some of the worst rated nursing homes in the country. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday shows the federal government gave more than 40 percent of the state's nursing homes one or two star ratings.

Nine nursing homes in the Charlotte area received the lowest possible rating, one star:

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Local News
2:56 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Audit Finds Excessive Wages, Nepotism Within NC Health Office

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A state audit released Wednesday found excessive wages and nepotism within the office that administers NCTracks and other computer systems for the North Carolina Medicaid program.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Voting Groups Allege NC Violates Federal Registration Law

Several voting rights groups accused Governor Pat McCrory's administration Friday of violating a federal law that requires public assistance agencies to help register voters. The groups are largely the same ones that made similar allegations against Governor Mike Easley's administration about 10 years ago, and then worked with the state to resolve the problems.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

With Debt Paid Off, How Balanced Is NC Unemployment Insurance Overhaul?

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Now that North Carolina has paid off its unemployment insurance debt, businesses will no longer face tax penalties, but the unemployed will still get the same reduced benefits. Labor organizers say that's not fair, and are calling on lawmakers to restore some of the cuts.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

NC Economists Now Projecting Budget Surplus

After earlier projections that showed North Carolina may finish this fiscal year with a budget shortfall, state economists are now saying the state will come out ahead. A consensus forecast released Wednesday projects a surplus of $400 million or about 2 percent.

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Local News
6:54 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

New Research Shows Mecklenburg County Among Worst For Economic Mobility

This figure plots the percentage gain from moving to a better area by the age at which the child moves.
Credit www.equality-of-opportunity.org

If you’re poor and grow up in Mecklenburg County, you have among the worst chances in the country of climbing the income ladder as you get older. That’s according to a study by a group of researchers at Harvard, who looked at the earnings records of millions of families. The study found poor children in Stanly County, just two counties over, have a much better chance at earning more money as adults. 

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Local News
9:07 am
Thu April 30, 2015

South Carolina's Largest Peach Gets A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Eric Henn paints the Peachoid.
Michael Tomsic

A South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned is under renovation. You can't miss it driving on I-85 near the North Carolina border: it's a massive peach-shaped water tower.

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