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
3:15 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

High Percentage Of NC, SC Hospitals Get Four Stars

Credit Kaiser Health News

Patients rate hospitals in the Carolinas as good but not great. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the federal government's new star ratings based on patient surveys.

Medicare didn't give a single hospital in North Carolina or South Carolina the lowest rating (one star), and there weren't a lot of five-star hospitals, either.

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Local News
2:55 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

McCrory, Kure Beach Commissioner Take Offshore Drilling Debate To Washington

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is part of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Credit naturalresources.house.gov

The debate over what offshore drilling would mean for North Carolina played out before a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. In the red corner, North Carolina's governor. In the blue corner, a commissioner from a small beach town.


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Local News
4:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Carolinas HealthCare System's Cutbacks Reach The Executive Suite

Joe Piemont.
Credit www.carolinashealthcare.org

Carolinas HealthCare System is eliminating its number two executive's job as part of cost-cutting measures. The Charlotte-based system announced Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Joe Piemont will lose his job at the end of May.

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Local News
5:52 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Hospitals Monitor ICU Patients Virtually, From Many Miles Away

The button staff can use at a hospital in Lincolnton to reach the virtual command center.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Some hospital systems are using a sort of virtual command center to monitor their sickest patients from dozens or even hundreds of miles away. Virtual intensive care units, also called eICUs, are a way to bring the expertise of a major medical center to remote hospitals in rural areas.

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Local News
4:46 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

A New Payment Model For Knee Replacements (And Potentially A Lot More)

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In the Charlotte area, BlueCross BlueShield and Novant Health are setting up a new payment program for knee replacements that they say will save patients money. It's called a bundled payment program, and you could be hearing that phrase a lot more in the future.

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Local News
9:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Some NC Voting Changes Back On Hold (For Now)

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Two parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul are now back on hold. But the change likely doesn't mean much because there are no elections between now and the full trial on the overhaul.

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Local News
4:08 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Charlotte Hornets Promote Defensive Prowess Of Young Star

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the MKG Security video.
Credit http://www.mkgsecurity.com/

The Charlotte Hornets are having some fun with the defensive brilliance of one of their young stars. The team has set up a website called "MKG Security."

No, the Hornets are not trying to sell you a new home security system.

"MKG" is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a third-year forward out of Kentucky who's becoming one of the NBA's elite defenders.

"When defense is your first priority, look no further than MKG Security," a narrator says in a Hornets-produced video. Kidd-Gilchrist wears a work shirt with patches as the narrator gives the sales pitch:

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Local News
12:55 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

NC Lawmakers Behind Vaccine Bill Announce It's Dead

Credit National Conference of State Legislatures

A bill that would've made it tougher for parents to avoid vaccinating their children is dead. Fierce opposition from some parents prompted the two Republicans and one Democrat who sponsored it to back down.

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Local News
9:29 am
Tue March 31, 2015

In NC Case, US Supreme Court Rules Tracking Device Is A Search

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina courts were wrong to decide that GPS ankle bracelets don't count as searches.

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6:13 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Mark Price Brings 'Proven Ability To Develop Talent' To UNC Charlotte

Mark Price
Credit nba.com

A sharpshooting former NBA All-Star is UNC Charlotte's new men's basketball coach. Mark Price is leaving his assistant coaching position with the Charlotte Hornets to take over the 49ers program.

If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball, there are very few people with more expertise than Mark Price.

Price won the NBA's 3-point contest in 1993 and 1994. He retired in 1999 as one of the NBA's greatest shooters.  

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