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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2:30 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Record NC Turnout In Midterm Would Be Abysmal In Presidential Election

North Carolina had a record-setting turnout this year for a midterm election: 2.9 million people voted.

Here's some context: to find a presidential election where fewer than 3 million people voted in North Carolina, you have to go back to 1996.

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4:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Maintains Supermajority In NC Legislature

Credit NC General Assembly

Republicans are maintaining their supermajority in the North Carolina state legislature. That means they can continue to easily bypass Democratic opposition and override the governor's vetoes.

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4:46 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In Mecklenburg County And Statewide, Early Voting Turnout Easily Beats Last Midterm

Credit N.C. Board of Elections.

Early voting turnout increased about 40 percent in Mecklenburg County compared to the last midterm election, according to the county board of elections. That's despite seven fewer days of early voting as a result of the state's sweeping election overhaul.

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8:57 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Charlotte Hornets Come Roaring Back

The Charlotte Hornets' first tipoff in 12 years.
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Hornets staged a storybook comeback Wednesday night. The city’s NBA team opened its season with a name, logo and color scheme that are technically new but are also a return to the iconic brand that Charlotteans called their own from 1988 to 2002. The replacement team, the Bobcats, decided to buy back the Hornets name. And Wednesday night, a sold-out arena watched the team erase a 24-point deficit to win its first game as the Hornets, 108 to 106 against the Milwaukee Bucks. 

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Local News
3:28 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NC Early Voting Turnout On Pace To Beat 2010 Despite Fewer Days

Credit www.ncsbe.org

Turnout for early voting in North Carolina is on pace to exceed totals from the last midterm election even though the early voting period is seven days shorter.

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3:35 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

BlueCross Raises Rates On Obamacare Exchange In NC

A slide from BlueCross' presentation about the new rates.
Credit BlueCross BlueShield

North Carolina's largest health insurance company is raising the cost of its plans on the insurance exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. But the hike by BlueCross BlueShield shouldn't affect the pocketbook of most customers.

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Local News
6:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Five Candidates Vie For At-Large Seats On Mecklenburg County Board Of Commissioners

From left: Scott Carlisle, Pat Cotham, moderator Shawn Flynn, Trevor Fuller, Ella Scarborough and Emily Zuyus participate in a debate for county commission.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Three at-large seats are up for grabs this election on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, which sets the county's budget and policies. Five candidates participated in a debate Tuesday at WTVI. One of the ways they differentiated themselves was on the referendum to increase the county sales tax.

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Local News
8:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

US Supreme Court Rules NC Can Use Voting Changes This November

The U.S. Supreme Court.
Credit David / Flickr

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that North Carolina can move forward with voting restrictions this November. The court is effectively nullifying an appeals court ruling last week that said parts of North Carolina's election overhaul would cause African-Americans irreparable harm this November. It's the latest step – but not the last – in lawsuits against the overhaul Republicans passed last year.

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6:46 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Charlotte City Council Gets Update, Worst-Case Scenario For I-77 Toll Lanes

Credit NC DOT

State and city transportation officials pitched the Charlotte City Council Monday night on why toll lanes are a good idea for I-77. After pointed questions from council members, they also walked through what the worst-case scenario for the toll project would be.

Warren Cooksey from the North Carolina Department of Transportation started with an image of a massive Chinese freeway: 19 lanes snarled with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

His point was that more lanes don’t necessarily mean less traffic.

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1:40 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Is Coming To The Carolinas

Credit Washington University School of Law

Now that there's no longer a hold on a federal appeals court decision striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, federal judges in the Carolinas will have to follow that precedent. That means it's just a matter of time until bans in the Carolinas are struck down.

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