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
2:28 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Sen. Hagan Says Partial Government Shutdown Already Hurting NC

Sen. Kay Hagan in an earlier interview with Charlotte Talks' Mike Collins.
Credit Wendy Herkey

One of North Carolina's U.S. senators says the partial government shutdown is already hurting the state in large and small ways. It's the result of House Republicans refusing to pass a once-routine budget procedure unless they can defund or delay the president's health care law.

Now Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat up for reelection next year, says her office can't meet one of its most basic responsibilities for constituents – helping North Carolinians who call or show up with a wide variety of questions. 

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Local News
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Low-Wage Jobs Lead Charlotte, Hickory Recovery

The unemployment rate in the Charlotte and Hickory metro areas declined about one percent in August. That's according to state Commerce Department data released Wednesday.

In Charlotte, the rate is down to 8.3 percent, while in Hickory, the rate fell to 9.1 percent. But the job growth over the past year has been concentrated in one of the lowest-paying industries. Allan Freyer is an analyst for the N.C. Budget and Tax Center, a research organization.

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10:31 am
Wed October 2, 2013

In NC Marketplace, CHS Pushes Patients Toward Certain Plans

Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital in Carolinas HealthCare System.
Credit James Willamor / Flickr

Now that the health insurance marketplace is open, Carolinas HealthCare System is pushing people to sign up for plans that include its hospitals and doctors.


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Local News
10:21 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

NC's Voting Changes 'Especially Troubling,' Holder Says In Announcing Lawsuit

The federal government is suing North Carolina over its sweeping new voting law. The Justice Department announced Monday it'll challenge at least four parts of the law that it says will restrict minorities' right to vote.


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7:19 am
Mon September 30, 2013

NC Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Tuesday: A Quick Primer

The health insurance marketplace that opens Tuesday will give North Carolinians a new way to shop for coverage.

The marketplace, or exchange, will be kind of like an Amazon.com for health insurance. It’s one website where you can compare the products of different companies.

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Local News
9:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

FDA Inspections Put Compounding Pharmacies In Regulatory Gray Zone

The water tower in Blacksburg, S.C., stands behind Medi-Fare Drug Center.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Now, a follow-up on a series we aired earlier this year on drug shortages in hospitals. We called it Critical Supply, and we found that compounding pharmacies help hospitals fill the gap with some chemotherapy treatments, emergency crash-cart injections and even basic vitamins that go in IV fluids.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Little Competition, High Premiums In NC Health Insurance Marketplace

Credit healthcare.gov

The health insurance marketplace that opens next week in North Carolina will not offer much of a choice between different insurance companies. The federal government announced Wednesday that only one company is offering plans in more than half of North Carolina's counties. 


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5:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NC Medicaid Director Carol Steckel Resigning

Carol Steckel.
Credit NC DHHS

The head of North Carolina's Medicaid program is resigning. Carol Steckel had been one of the people pushing a proposed overhaul of the state's Medicaid program. Now she's leaving after just eight months on the job.


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4:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Economic Recovery Isn't Helping Typical NC Family

Families with incomes smack in the middle of the North Carolina economy are not benefiting from the state's slow recovery. That's according to data the Census Bureau released Thursday in its annual checkup on how American communities are doing.


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9:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Cabarrus Among Nine 'Code Red' Counties With Food Stamp Delays

A vintage food stamp.
Credit pengrin / Flickr

In Cabarrus County, low-income families are having to wait more than two months on average to get food stamps. The delays are tied to a new system the state has made all counties use since March. Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union are among nine counties the state says have struggled the most with it.


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