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
5:59 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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Local News
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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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

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

Credit Bytemarks/Flickr

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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Local News
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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Local News
10:13 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Thousands Of Fans, Hundreds Of Swimmers Attend Charlotte UltraSwim

Swimmers take the starting blocks at the Charlotte UltraSwim
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte was home to some of the biggest names in swimming over the weekend. Olympic gold medal winners like Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Dana Vollmer were in town to compete in the Charlotte UltraSwim.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Dozens Of Olympic Swimmers Compete In Charlotte

Michael Chadwick and Matthew Josa, SwimMAC teammates, will compete at Charlotte UltraSwim.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

  There are 22 Olympic medal winners diving into the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center this weekend – and that's only counting the Americans. 

Some of the fastest swimmers in the world begin competing in Charlotte Thursday. Hundreds of swimmers are coming to town for the Charlotte UltraSwim, including dozens of Olympians from the U.S. and abroad. The competition has taken place here since 1986.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

N.C. GOP Leaders Unveil Plan To Cut, Expand Taxes

Senate leader Phil Berger

"The largest tax cut in North Carolina history." That's how Republican state senate leaders describe the tax plan they unveiled Tuesday. But that plan also expands the sales tax to many more services.


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Local News
12:21 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Intensive Care Specialists 'See The Patient' From A High-Tech Desk

Chelsea Cardona demonstrates how to use one of the workstations at the virtual ICU in Mint Hill.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Starting this week, patients in critical condition at three Charlotte hospitals will have an extra set of eyes watching over them. That's because Carolinas HealthCare System is rolling out a sort of virtual command center in Mint Hill. From there, intensive care specialists will monitor patients.


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4:22 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

President Obama: Foxx Will Be 'Outstanding' Transportation Secretary

President Obama made it official Monday afternoon: he's nominating Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

With Foxx standing by his side at a White House press conference, the president said that the mayor will be an "outstanding" transportation secretary, and that Foxx's focus on transit has helped to create jobs and attract new businesses to Charlotte.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

FAA Furloughs Mean 'Sporadic' Delays At CLT

A control tower at an American airport.
Credit Flickr/Glenn Beltz

Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.


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