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
5:05 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

NC Tax Proposals Could Hurt Nonprofits

North Carolina State Legislative Building
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  Proposals to overhaul North Carolina's tax code could discourage people from giving to charities, turn nonprofits into tax collectors, and make it more difficult for some organizations to provide services. Those are a few concerns the N.C. Center for Nonprofits raised Monday.


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3:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

N.C. House Moves First On Tax Overhaul

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The North Carolina House tentatively passed its version of a tax overhaul Friday. The Republican bill is one of three major tax overhauls the General Assembly is considering. 

Republicans and some Democrats in the state legislature agree North Carolina needs to do something about its tax code. The current one is based off a model from the Great Depression, and it includes the highest income tax rates in the Southeast.

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4:47 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

N.C. Considers Three Tax Proposals

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WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic discuss the bills to overhaul North Carolina's tax code.

North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory are considering three different bills to overhaul the state's tax system. Republican leaders in the Senate introduced the latest and most ambitious one Thursday. There's also a bipartisan Senate plan and a Republican House plan.

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5:35 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bobcats Introduce New Coach Steve Clifford

Steve Clifford at his first Bobcats' press conference.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Bobcats introduced their new head coach Wednesday – a veteran NBA assistant named Steve Clifford.

Steve Clifford is taking over a tough job.

The Bobcats were the second-worst team in the league last year. The year before, they had worst record in NBA history. And since the team entered the league in 2004, it hasn't kept a single head coach for more than three seasons.

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Local News
11:21 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Thick Nylon Rope Falls, Injures 10 Fans At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Troops line the infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Memorial Day celebration for the Coca-Cola 600. The FOX overhanging camera system stretches across the speedway on the left.
Michael Tomsic

Ten fans were injured last night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Three were taken to hospitals and later released. They were hurt after a thick nylon rope that was part of an overhead camera system fell over the grandstands.


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10:12 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Behind The Scenes At The Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tommy Williams is one of the employees at the Charlotte Motor Speedway making sure firefighters and paramedics have what they need.
Michael Tomsic

Roughly 100,000 fans will pour into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday evening for the Coca-Cola 600.

There will also be thousands of people there who aren’t watching the race, driving a car or working in the garages. They’re the volunteers and employees who take care of everything behind the scenes.


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5:59 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

'Home Of NASCAR' Could Lose A Race

Harry Wiley and his friends get ready for a potluck dinner at the family campground at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Michael Tomsic

Speed week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway concludes Sunday with the Coca-Cola 600. The track will have another Sprint Cup race in October. But it could be the last fall race – Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith said this week there’s a strong chance he’ll move that one to another track he owns in Las Vegas.

That would be another blow for NASCAR’s Southern fan base. But the circumstances surrounding this possible move are different from when races left other Southern cities.


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9:14 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Charlotte Plans To Bring 'Back The Buzz'

Charlotte Bobcats' Owner Michael Jordan and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Pete Guelli announce the name change.
Michael Tomsic

It’s official: the Charlotte Bobcats are changing their name to the Charlotte Hornets. Team owner Michael Jordan announced the change Tuesday night.

“Back the buzz.” That was the tagline Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena, glowing on screens and printed on T-shirts in the old-school Hornets’ teal and purple colors.

Team owner Michael Jordan said the Bobcats have asked the NBA if Charlotte’s basketball team can once again be the Hornets.

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2:58 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

N.C., S.C. Unemployment Drops To Lowest Rate In Years

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North Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years, and South Carolina's unemployment rate has declined to the lowest point in five years. That's according to figures released Friday for the month of April.

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9:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Commissioners Battle In First Meeting Since Firing Jones

A meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Tuesday turned into a series of heated exchanges between commissioners with accusations of ethics violations, sexism and racism. It was the board’s first public meeting since it fired county manager Harry Jones.

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