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.

Pages

Local News
1:23 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Update On What Federal Appeals Court Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Means In NC

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

North Carolina's Attorney General says a federal appeals court decision that opens up the possibility of same-sex marriage in Virginia next week does not mean that same-sex marriage can happen in North Carolina.


Read more
Local News
9:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Missionaries, Children Quarantined In Charlotte

SIM USA President Bruce Johnson speaks during a news conference on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at SIM USA headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Three missionaries who worked with patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia are back in the United States and feeling upbeat after their trans-Atlantic charter flight, the head of the North Carolina-based mission hosting them said Monday.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Several American missionaries serving in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak are now in Charlotte. They're healthy, but they'll remain in quarantine as a precaution.

A chartered flight from Liberia touched down at Charlotte-Douglas airport late Sunday night. Three missionaries were on board who are part of SIM, a Christian organization based here in Charlotte.

Read more
Local News
9:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Inside The Case: Why Federal Judge Denied Injunction Against NC Voting Changes

Credit Flickr/Vox Efx

 A federal judge ruled late Friday against the U.S. Justice Department's request to put some of North Carolina's sweeping election changes on hold. Judge Thomas Schroeder's decision comes about a month after a four-day hearing in Winston-Salem, in which the Justice Department, the NAACP and other plaintiffs said the changes will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. 

Read more
Local News
9:41 am
Tue August 5, 2014

At Civil War Soldier Camp, Children Learn What Separated North And South

A small group of 8- to 12-year-olds learn about how soldiers trained for the Civil War.
Michael Tomsic

In the small Gaston County town of Dallas, kids between the ages of 8 and 12 recently walked up to men in blue and gray uniforms, took a feather, dipped it in fake ink, and picked which side of the Civil War they wanted to fight for. It was part of a day-long Civil War soldier camp at the Gaston County Museum. The camp has a simple mission: to fairly represent both sides of the Civil War, and to teach children the defining role that slavery played in it.

Read more
Local News
5:19 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

NC Budget Agreement Shifts More Medicaid Costs Onto Hospitals

The North Carolina Hospital Association says the budget deal state lawmakers have reached could lead to hospitals cutting services and jobs. The budget agreement cuts $45 million for hospitals on top of cuts already scheduled for this year.

Read more
Local News
4:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper made that announcement Monday after the federal appeals court that sets the precedent for North Carolina and several other states ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Read more
Local News
4:44 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul

Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program Thursday afternoon. It includes major differences from what Governor Pat McCrory and the House are pushing for.  


Read more
Local News
9:35 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory shares a laugh with Sealed Air CEO Jerome Peribere.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.

Read more
Local News
9:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention

Federal courthouse in uptown Charlotte.
Credit www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

Back in January, a federal judge in Charlotte issued what some have called a watershed decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge laid out how lawyers for asbestos plaintiffs withheld evidence and misled courts in old cases against a gasket manufacturer called Garlock. Since that decision, Garlock's bankruptcy case has drawn the attention of federal lawmakers, large auto companies, and health insurers.

Read more
Local News
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul

Credit nffcnnr / Flickr

North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.


Read more

Pages