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
9:59 am
Tue May 13, 2014

SC Judge: Attorney General Can't Prosecute House Speaker Before House Ethics Committee Acts

In South Carolina, a judge ruled Monday that state Attorney General Alan Wilson overstepped his authority in trying to prosecute South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell. The judge ruled that ethics complaints must go through a legislative committee first.


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8:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise

Blue Cross set up a tent at a NASCAR race to sign people up for health insurance through the new online exchange.
Credit Michael Tomsic

North Carolina's largest health insurance company says enrollment through the new exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act missed expectations, and that means premiums on the exchange will likely rise.


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7:47 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Love, Anger And A $4 Billion Error: Bank Of America's Annual Meeting

Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting in uptown Charlotte Wednesday alternated from a love fest to a shouting match. And one issue hovered over the meeting – the announcement last week that Bank of America made a $4 billion mistake.

The meeting got off to an awkward start.

Bank of America board Chairman Chad Holliday was introducing the board members up for reelection when he was cut off by shareholder Richard Davet, who stood up far from the microphone and objected to holding a vote just a week after finding out about the bank's financial error. 

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6:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Does SC's Attorney General Need Permission From Lawmakers To Prosecute A Lawmaker?

South Carolina's attorney general has brought a criminal case before a grand jury against the state Speaker of the House. But the question before a judge right now is whether the attorney general needs to get permission from state lawmakers to prosecute one of their own.

Former South Carolina attorney general Charlie Condon never imagined that his office would need the OK from lawmakers to prosecute alleged criminal behavior.

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5:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, the new health insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act didn't sign up nearly as many young people as the White House had targeted. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the final enrollment data for this year.


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5:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Goodbye, Bobcats. Now, Bring On The Hornets

Coach Steve Clifford at the Bobcats' postseason press conference on Wednesday.
Credit bobcats.com

The Charlotte Bobcats were swept out of the playoffs this week, but Coach Steve Clifford says the team achieved something this season it hasn’t had for a long time: relevancy.


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4:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

A New Lawsuit (And Argument) Against NC's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The United Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit in Charlotte on Monday arguing that same-sex couples should be able to marry in North Carolina. Of course, there are many challenges to same-sex marriage bans playing out across the country. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss where some of the lawsuits in North Carolina stand.

Let's start with today's challenge. What makes it different?

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Local News
9:27 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Volunteers Take Wounded Troops, Veterans Fishing At Badin Lake

Mike Mullis hold up a fish he and his fishing partner caught.
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

At Badin Lake, volunteers took a group of 40 wounded American troops and disabled veterans fishing late last week. It was the second annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival for troops and veterans at the lake, about an hour northeast of Charlotte.


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1:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NC GOP Candidates For U.S. Senate Square Off In First TV Debate

Davidson College hosted the first live TV debate between the Republican candidates for one of North Carolina's U.S. Senate seats.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Four Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave their views on limited government, Obamacare and even a little college basketball Tuesday night at Davidson College. It was the first live televised debate in the race


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2:12 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How NC Job Growth Compares To Other States

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

The North Carolina Commerce Department announced Monday that the state's unemployment rate declined in March to 6.3 percent. A federal department also released data recently that show how North Carolina's job growth stacks up against other states.


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