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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5:03 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

N.C. Advocates, Business Leaders React To Immigration Proposal

The Latin American Coalition leads a march for immigration reform in Charlotte last week.
Michael Tomsic

"A good first step." That's how some North Carolina immigration advocates and business leaders are describing the immigration overhaul filed in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.


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9:32 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Charlotte Hospital Pioneers New Kind Of Heart Surgery

A hospital patient in Charlotte is going home Tuesday after doctors successfully treated her with a new kind of heart surgery. Doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute became the first in the world to try it are among the first to try it.


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9:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Hundreds March In Charlotte For Immigration Reform

People at the front of the march carry megaphones, flags and signs.
Michael Tomsic

Hundreds of people marched two miles through Charlotte Wednesday to voice their support for immigration reform. The Latin American Coalition helped organize and lead the march.


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4:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Future Of Family Visas Worries Immigration Activists

Cat Bao Le stands with other immigration advocates, some holding photos of family members abroad, at a press conference.
Credit Michael Tomsic

 Immigration advocates in Charlotte are waiting anxiously for a group of U.S. senators known as the "Gang of Eight" to unveil their plan for immigration reform.

That plan may create a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. But advocates are concerned that immigrants may also lose something as part of a deal – a chance to reunite with their families.


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9:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

N.C. Medicaid Director: Overhaul 'Is Not A Budget Exercise'

Carol Steckel
Credit NC DHHS

Governor Pat McCrory outlined a plan to significantly change North Carolina's Medicaid program last week. A key person responsible for filling in the details is Carol Steckel. She's the director of the state's Medicaid program, and she spoke to WFAE's Michael Tomsic about the reasons for the overhaul and how it's designed to work.


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7:44 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Airport Board OKs $35 Million Fund To Buy Neighborhood

The area in lime green is the neighborhood the Charlotte airport plans to buy out.
Credit CLT

The Charlotte airport plans to buy out a neighborhood less than a mile south of its newest runway. There are almost 70 homes there, and the airport advisory committee agreed Thursday to budget $35 million to buy those properties.


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3:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Gov. McCrory Announces Big Changes For N.C Medicaid

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory plans to make major changes to the state's Medicaid system. About 1.8 1.5 million North Carolinians who are low-income, young, elderly or disabled rely on Medicaid for health coverage.

McCrory said the current system is broken and inefficient.  He pointed to an audit that showed the state has been horrible at managing the cost of the program. He said the state hasn't been much better at managing the care people get, either.

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9:25 am
Fri March 29, 2013

'A Disturbing Trend' In Latest N.C. Unemployment Report

North Carolina's unemployment rate declined slightly in February to 9.4 percent. But the report released Thursday shows that unemployment is no longer steadily declining year to year.

Back in February 2010, the unemployment rate peaked in the state at 11.3 percent.

Then North Carolina started slowly but steadily recovering from the recession. In February 2011, the rate was 10.3 percent. A year later, 9.5 percent. And you could see those kind of year-over-year improvements no matter what month you looked at - at least, until this year.

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4:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Study: Drug Shortages Force Doctors To Change, Delay Cancer Treatment

Nine of 10 cancer doctors nationwide have had to delay or change chemotherapy treatments because of drug shortages. That's according to a study released last week, and it's another example of how shortages affect patients.


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8:39 am
Mon March 25, 2013

NAACP Marches Against Voter ID In N.C.

Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu speaks to marchers in front of the federal courthouse.
Michael Tomsic

The NAACP held marches across North Carolina Sunday to voice opposition to a potential voter ID law. The organization also commemorated the 48th anniversary of civil rights marches in Alabama.


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