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
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

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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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
9:48 am
Wed September 18, 2013

NC Health Insurance Marketplace: Here's What's In Store

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WFAE's Marshall Terry discusses N.C.'s health insurance marketplace with one of the people in charge of marketplaces in the Southeast, Renard Murray.

We'll have a new way to sign up for health insurance in about two weeks. A key part of the Affordable Care Act called the marketplace, or exchange, opens for enrollment on October 1.

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Developing
4:49 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

CMPD Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed 24-Year-Old

UPDATE: The  attorney for Jonathan Ferrell's family is holding a press conference in uptown Monday morning at 11:00, and the Charlotte NAACP is holding a rally at 1:00 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. WFAE will update this story throughout the day.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged one of their own officers with voluntary manslaughter over the weekend. Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed an unarmed man. .

Early Saturday morning, a 24-year-old man wrecked his car in northeast Charlotte and went looking for help.

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Local News
8:22 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Outside Group Spends Six Figures On McCrory TV Ads

The McCrory ad on Renew North Carolina Foundation's website.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A group with close ties to Governor Pat McCrory is spending six figures on TV ads supporting the governor's agenda. The ads will start airing Tuesday in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro.

The ad presents Governor Pat McCrory as a guy having a casual chat with a big group of people at a house.

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Local News
9:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NC's Biggest Insurer Releases Health Insurance Premiums For Marketplace

North Carolinians who plan to sign up for health insurance online through the federal exchange, or marketplace, can now get an idea of how much it'll cost. But those costs are difficult to compare to current rates and tricky to compare to other states as well.

Blue Cross Blue Shield released information Thursday about premiums it'll charge on the marketplace. And a smaller insurer has released similar data.

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Local News
6:25 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

NC Farms, Other Businesses Get More Wiggle Room With E-Verify

One of the laws that state legislators upheld Wednesday despite Governor Pat McCrory's veto is a measure designed to give farmers extra wiggle room in hiring seasonal workers.

Any business in North Carolina with at least 25 employees is required to submit documentation on each worker to the Department of Homeland Security. The program is called E-Verify, and it's supposed to prevent immigrants in the country illegally from getting jobs.

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