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
3:53 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Ports Strike Appears Averted

Bridge Terminal Transport has an inland terminal in Charlotte.
Michael Tomsic

Hundreds of Charlotte companies connected to major ports on the East and Gulf coasts no longer have to worry about a strike damaging their businesses this week. That's because dockworkers and ocean shipping companies have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

For months, dockworkers from Maine to Texas had threatened a strike if they couldn't agree to a new contract with ocean shipping companies.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Duke Energy Closing Two Coal Plants Ahead Of Schedule

Buck Steam Station in Rowan County is a coal-fired power plant that Duke Energy is closing in April.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy is shutting down two coal-fired power plants this spring. The plants are in Rowan and Gaston counties, and they're closing two years ahead of schedule.


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Local News
9:39 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Audit Finds N.C. Medicaid Program Is Wasting Money

An independent audit found North Carolina's Medicaid program has been horribly managed in terms of administrative costs and budgeting.  State Auditor Beth Wood released the report Thursday, which examined how the Department of Health and Human Services has overseen Medicaid the last three years.

Let's start with some perspective on just how big the state's Medicaid program is. More than 1.5 million North Carolinians use it, and it costs the state about $36 million a day.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

As N.C. Considers Tax Overhaul, How Does Current System Work?

Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers are considering major changes to North Carolina's tax structure. So we decided to take a closer look at a report released Wednesday detailing the effective tax rates currently in place. It's from the liberal-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Local News
10:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

NASCAR Champ Brad Keselowski Brings A Little Old, New School

Brad Keselowski drinks a massive beer during his championship interview on SportsCenter
Totalprosports.com

A brash, young champion will begin defending his title at NASCAR's highest level in February. He's outspoken, funny and down-to-Earth. And he has a knack for connecting with both old-school fans and savvy, young Twitter users. His name is Brad Keselowski.

If you don't follow NASCAR closely, you may have been introduced to the sport's 28-year-old champion last fall through his celebratory interview on SportsCenter.

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Local News
9:33 am
Wed January 23, 2013

NASCAR Bets Big On New Race Car - The Gen-6

The new Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota Gen-6 race cars
NASCARmedia.com

NASCAR executives are betting the future of their sport on their brand new race car. The new model was the focus of their preseason press conference in uptown Charlotte Tuesday.

The new car, called Gen-6, is about looking good and driving better. A video that opened the press conference showed shots of the shiny stock cars zipping around racetracks while a narrator said, "Gen-6 has arrived with an old school appeal - the racetrack and showroom arm in arm once again."

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Local News
3:25 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Is That A NASCAR Race Car Driving Around Uptown?

Credit Charlotte Motor Speedway

You may see a few NASCAR race cars cruising through uptown Charlotte later this week. That's one of the upcoming highlights of the Sprint Media Tour, the sport's annual preseason showcase hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The media tour brings NASCAR's top drivers, team owners and personalities to the Charlotte area this week. Charlotte Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Scott Cooper told reporters in Concord Monday morning that the idea is pretty simple:

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Local News
3:33 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Extreme Weather Breaks Dozens Of Records In Carolinas

The National Resources Defense Council's extreme weather map for 2012
Credit National Resources Defense Council

In the Carolinas, 2012 was a record-breaking year for extreme weather.

That's according to the National Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit organization that broke down government climate data by state and county. The result is a map of high temperatures, big snowfalls and large wildfires that senior scientist Kim Knowlton said demonstrates what climate change looks like. 

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Local News
9:25 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New Panthers' GM's Job Is 'To Fix Things'

Dave Gettleman addresses the media in Charlotte for the first time as Panthers' general manager.
Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers new general manager says if he does his job right, the team will win a Super Bowl. Those were among Dave Gettleman’s comments at his introductory press conference Tuesday at the Panther’s stadium. 

Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson laid it out simply for his newest hire:

"One of the things a general manager has to do, is he has to be able to fix things," Richardson said.

Dave Gettleman has a lot to fix. He’s taking over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2006. 

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Local News
9:37 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Gastonia Tool Plant Closing, Laying Off 220 Employees

A Gaston County plant where workers have manufactured tools for more than three decades is closing. The Apex Tool Group will shut its doors and lay off about 220 employees in Gastonia by June.

The name on the sign outside the plant has changed over the years. Since 2010, it’s been Apex Tool Group. One thing that hadn’t changed was the product – workers have built tools there since 1978.

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