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
5:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Out Of Time, N.C. Partners With Feds On Insurance Exchange

N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is now one of the people in charge of partnering with the federal government to set up the state health insurance exchange.
Credit N.C. Department of Insurance

North Carolina is partnering with the federal government to set up a health insurance exchange. The exchange is a required part of President Obama's health care law, and it's supposed to be an online shop where people can compare and buy health insurance.

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Local News
3:03 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

New Goal For CMS Seniors: Build A House

Hard hats, tool belts and wooden boards are set up in the Independence High School library for the Senior Buildup announcement
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system gave its seniors a new goal Wednesday to accomplish before graduating– build three houses. CMS is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to encourage students to get their hands dirty.

Hard hats, tool belts and wooden boards were set up in front of the bookshelves in Independence High School's library as CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison announced the partnership, called Senior Buildup.

Morrison said it's all about giving students a well-rounded education.

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Local News
9:41 am
Wed November 14, 2012

CMS Changes Leadership For Human Resources, Communications

Kathryn Block is the new CMS chief communications officer
CMS

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system is reorganizing its leadership, starting with the people in charge of human resources and communications. That’s after audits released Tuesday showed those departments weren’t doing a good enough job.

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Local News
9:51 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Impact Of Latino Vote Spurs Optimism For Immigration Legislation

Mary Espinosa is one of two speakers waiting to talk about the importance of voting at a Latin American Coalition briefing
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte, the Latin American Coalition is aiming to put its mark on the policies that follow the election. That's after Latino voters played a key role in reelecting President Obama, accounting for about one out of every 10 ballots cast nationwide and voting overwhelmingly for the president.

Mary Espinosa is a U.S. citizen, but some of her family members are not. That was the biggest thing on the 18-year-old’s mind as she walked into the polls this year to vote for the first time.

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Local And State Elections
3:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hudson Wins Redrawn 8th Congressional District Seat

Richard Hudson won the eighth district seat with more than 53 percent of the vote.
Tasnim Shamma

Republican challenger Richard Hudson was all smiles last night in Concord. He could finally claim victory as the 8th congressional district's new congressman -- replacing Democrat Larry Kissell -- who was seeking his third term.

Even with early-voting results showing a big lead for Richard Hudson, the packed crowd at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom waited more than two hours before Hudson claimed victory.

"Wow, look at this crowd," Hudson says. "Thank you so much. I'm just so honored by the tremendous support we've gotten from the district. What a great night, huh?"

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Elections
4:38 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Goes Smoothly In Charlotte So Far

Volunteers campaign more than 50 feet away from the entrance to First Ward Elementary School, which served as a polling place for the election.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Election officials say there have been few problems – none major – with voting in the Charlotte area Tuesday. For the most part, people have obeyed laws preventing campaigning too close to polling places, voting machines have functioned properly, and voters have faced short lines. Many election officials say the short waits are in part because of the state's record turnout of early voters. Some precinct chairs say almost half of their precincts' registered voters cast their ballots before Tuesday morning.

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Local News
7:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Republicans Make Gains In Early Voting Turnout

A part of the line of waiting voters Saturday at Charlotte's Veterans Park.
Credit Jennifer Lang

Early voting in North Carolina wrapped up over the weekend. The turnout exceeded 2008’s by almost 100,000 votes, and a lot more Republicans cast early ballots this year.

In 2008, early voting gave then-Senator Obama a big lead in North Carolina that Senator John McCain nearly erased on election day.

This year, President Obama still has a comfortable lead. But about 52,000 fewer Democrats and about 65,000 more Republicans cast early ballots.

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Local News
9:16 am
Fri November 2, 2012

A Daunting Job Search For The White-Collar Unemployed

Sacha Adele Soja talks to a class of mostly unemployed and underemployed people at CPCC
Michael Tomsic

Unemployed Americans are facing a more daunting job search now than at any time in the past 60 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes the average unemployed person about 10 months to find a job - twice as long as it took in every previous recession since the 1940s. That 10-month average has barely budged in the past year.

In Charlotte, some of the people having the hardest time getting back to work had successful white-collar careers before the financial crisis.

'It's Like This Baseball Bat To The Chest'

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History
9:03 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Closing Courthouse Brought Moonshiners To Justice

The John B. Hayes Federal Building in Wilkesboro, N.C., is among several federal courthouses being closed in the South.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.

The Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building is in Wilkesboro, N.C., where distilling corn whiskey in backwoods breweries was once the town's main trade. It's one of six federal courthouses closing in the South over the next year or two.

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Election 2012
10:44 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Dalton, McCrory Debate 'Best Incentive' For Businesses

Walter Dalton (left) and Pat McCrory

The candidates for North Carolina governor have faced a lot of questions about how to attract new businesses to the state and keep current ones here. In their answers, Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton have shown differences on taxes and incentives, but also similarities on improving the state’s workforce.

But when the actual businesses are deciding between competing states, what are their most important criteria?

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