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
12:13 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays

Mollie Parris helps Cabarrus County get through its backlog for food stamp renewals.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Low-income families in Cabarrus County still face long delays before getting food stamps, although those delays are getting shorter.

They're tied to a new online system the state is making counties use for applications for food stamps. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg were among several counties the state called "code red" last month because of how much they struggled with the new system.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the progress those counties have made.   


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Local News
12:57 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

New VA Residence In Salisbury Helps Veterans Transition

The transitional residence on the VA campus in Salisbury.
Credit Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans who are struggling to reintegrate into their community have a new resource in Salisbury. The Department of Veterans Affairs is opening a transitional home there Thursday.


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Local News
3:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

CMS Board Candidate Forum

12 candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A more analytical approach to a massive budget, more input from a neighborhood before closing a school, and a lot more lawmakers in Raleigh who agree with educators in Charlotte.

Those are a few things candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board called for Thursday night at a public forum hosted by WFAE and MeckEd.

There are 12 candidates running for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s six district seats.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

National Report Shows Tuition In NC Rising Fast But Still Relatively Cheap

Credit College Board

The cost of going to a public university has been rising faster in North Carolina than in most other states, but it's still relatively cheap here compared to the rest of the country. Those are a few highlights from a report the College Board released Wednesday.


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8:47 am
Mon October 21, 2013

NC Leaders Have To File Court Response To Voting Lawsuits Monday

North Carolina leaders have to lay out some of their arguments Monday for how they'll defend the state's sweeping new voting law from court challenges. Monday is the deadline for the state to file a response to lawsuits brought by the North Carolina NAACP and ACLU.


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9:29 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Struggling Food Banks Get Help From McCrory Administration

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Executive Director Kay Carter, Gov. Pat McCrory, Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos
Credit Michael Tomsic

Food banks in North Carolina that are struggling to keep up with high demand are getting emergency relief from Governor Pat McCrory's administration. McCrory announced Monday they'll split $750,000 over the next few weeks, in part to help them get through the partial government shutdown. But demand at food banks has been rising since before the shutdown and can also be traced to changes on the state level.


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2:40 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield Goes Racing For Obamacare Customers

The entrance to Blue Cross Blue Shield's part of the fan zone is right near Bojangles' and Krispy Kreme trucks.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Fast cars, greasy food, cold beer and a health insurance quote. Racing fans could find all those things Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blue Cross Blue Shield set up shop at the NASCAR race to tell people about how health care laws are changing, and find new customers in the process.

Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.

Welcome to the Bank of America 500.

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Local News
12:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message

Mark Payne, Chief Compliance Officer at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos answer questions during a day-long hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Tuesday.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been under fire this week. On Tuesday, the department's secretary received a day-long grilling in legislative committee hearings. That same day, the website North Carolina Health News reported that the McCrory administration and the department had done some extra spin to make the state's Medicaid program look particularly broken.

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12:06 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Lawmakers Press Wos On Medicaid Payments, Food Stamp Delays, Pay Of Politically-Connected Staffers

N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos

The new system North Carolina uses to process Medicaid payments is still a nightmare for many providers. That's one of several controversies that legislative oversight committees focused on Tuesday in Raleigh. Lawmakers also found out more about food stamp delays. And they directed pointed questions at Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and her top staff.


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7:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Lawmakers To Hear From Wos On Food Stamp Delays, Medicaid Overhaul, Salaries

North Carolina lawmakers will find out more Tuesday about why many families have been facing long delays for food stamps, what's next for the state's proposed Medicaid overhaul, and why certain Department Health and Human Services employees have received large raises.

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