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
12:04 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Governor McCrory Says NC Shouldn't Offer Confederate Flag License Plates

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Governor Pat McCrory says North Carolina should get rid of one way it displays the Confederate flag: on specialty license plates.

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Local News
5:51 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

After Arena Upgrades, Charlotte Gets 2017 NBA All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces Charlotte will host the 2017 All-Star Game.
Credit Michael Bethea

In two years, Charlotte will host one of the most high-profile events in basketball: the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially made that announcement in uptown Tuesday.

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Local News
8:45 am
Tue June 23, 2015

South Carolinians React To Governor Haley's Call To Move Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds.
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The call to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol grounds has gained a powerful supporter.  Governor Nikki Haley said it’s time to take down a symbol that divides the state. 

Haley said the shooting of nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston last week made people look at the Confederate flag differently. Flanked by politicians from both parties, she called on state lawmakers to remove it. 

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Politics
9:28 am
Mon June 22, 2015

What License Plate Case In Texas Means For NC

Rendering of a potential Choose Life license plate.
Credit NCDOT

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving Confederate flag license plates in Texas is likely to settle a case involving pro-life license plates in North Carolina.

In a 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas can reject a proposal to put a Confederate flag on a specialty license plate.

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Health
5:24 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Looming Decision Could Cripple Part Of NC Health Insurance Market

Harlena Harris in her home in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Roughly half a million North Carolinians could soon lose money they depend on for health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule as soon as next week on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It governs federal subsidies for states like North Carolina that did not set up their own exchange or marketplace. It may sound wonky, but the result could be disastrous for many low-income Americans and insurance markets.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

High Court Ends Appeal Of NC's Abortion Ultrasound Law

North Carolina has lost its appeal of a case involving abortion providers having to show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not take up case.

The Republican-backed law required doctors to show and describe ultrasounds to pregnant women considering an abortion. 

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Sports
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

NASCAR Goes Green: Gas-Guzzling Sport Works To Reduce Carbon Footprint

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Local News
2:12 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

NC Attorney General Threatens Lawsuit Against Ritz-Carlton

North Carolina's attorney general is threatening to sue the Ritz-Carlton in uptown over what the hotel called a "CIAA service charge." Some customers upset about the charge had a different name for it: "a black tax."

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Local News
3:56 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

What Happened When Magistrates Refused To Marry Interracial Couple In 1970s

An old newspaper clipping about the case.

You may not know the names of Thomas and Carol Ann Person. But in the late 1970s, they had a significant case in North Carolina. Attorney Ervin Brown remembers when they came to his office at the Legal Aid Society in Winston-Salem.

"They had been to the magistrate’s office to get married, and they had been turned down for a license," he says.

The magistrate made clear why he denied them.

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Health
3:24 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

NC House Considers Giving Doctors And Hospitals More Responsibility Over Medicaid

Leaders on health policy in the North Carolina House are pushing their version of a bill to overhaul the state's most expensive health care program: Medicaid. The lawmakers rolled out the bill in committee Wednesday.

House leaders want to overhaul Medicaid by putting groups of doctors and hospitals in charge of managing the program. The state would give them a set amount of money based on who they treat, and the doctors would face financial penalties or rewards based on how they do. 

Republican Representative Nelson Dollar is one of the bill's sponsors. 

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