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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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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Local News
5:54 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

After 1-5 Start, Panthers Fire GM Marty Hurney

The Carolina Panthers fired their general manager, Marty Hurney, Monday. That’s after the Panthers have lost five of their first six games.

This is not how the Panthers’ season was supposed to go.

As one example of just how high expectations were, Panthers’ offensive lineman Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer in July predicting the team would win the Super Bowl.

Now, the team is 1-5, and its general manager for the last decade is out of a job. Here’s head coach Ron Rivera:

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Local News
9:11 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Loss Of Construction, Manufacturing Jobs During Recession Keeps NC Unemployment High

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Government figures released Friday showed North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 9.6 percent. That’s fifth-worst in the country. But the state is recovering, albeit slowly.

About 62,000 more North Carolinians held jobs in September than a year ago. But even with that improvement, unemployment is still close to 10 percent, while nationally it’s under 8 percent.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

How New Tanger Outlet In Charlotte Could Benefit Non-Shoppers

Artist rendering of the new shopping center
Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets is building a big, new shopping center in southwest Charlotte. The Greensboro-based retail company said the outlet will bring hundreds of jobs and new tax revenue to the area.

If you’re a shopper, the draw of a new outlet center with about 90 stores is pretty obvious. But what about if you’re not?

Tanger Outlets’ Vice President of Development Charles Worsham said it’ll also bring benefits to southwest Charlotte that go beyond finding that perfect dress, jacket or pair of shoes.

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Local News
10:32 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Wilkesboro, Former 'Moonshine Capital,' Losing Its Federal Courthouse

Wilkesboro's federal courthouse is one of six closing down in the South
Michael Tomsic

Six federal courthouses in the South are in the process of shutting down. It’s a way for the federal court system to save money, and the ones shutting their doors don’t have much going on anymore. 

One of the courthouses closing down is in Wilkesboro. These days its primary use is as a post office, and it also holds bankruptcy court once or twice a month.

But there was a time when the courthouse was ground zero in the war on moonshine. 

Modern Courthouse On An Old School Street

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Farrakhan Speech Full Of Race-Based Rhetoric

The line for Louis Farrakhan's speech stretches around the parking lot of the Bojangles' Coliseum
Michael Tomsic

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was in Charlotte on Sunday to help commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March. He was scheduled to address poverty. He ended up delivering a speech filled with race-based rhetoric.

Louis Farrakhan let people know up front he was going to veer off topic. He had other things to say because of the election and the recent Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

For example, here’s his theory on why the Republican Party opposes President Obama:

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Local News
5:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

N.C. Health Officials Warn Everyone Exposed To Meningitis Outbreak

While only two cases of meningitis in North Carolina have been tied to the national outbreak, local health officials are taking extra precautions. They’ve even made house calls to track down everyone who might be infected, so basically anyone in North Carolina who could be part of the outbreak should already know it.

"All 93 of the patients from the clinic in High Point and the clinic in Wilson have been contacted," said Julie Henry, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services.

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Election 2012
9:31 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Vice President Biden 'Fires Up' Charlotte Crowd

Michael Tomsic

Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Charlotte Tuesday. More than 1,000 people turned out at the N.C. Music Factory to hear him speak.

West Charlotte High School’s band director got a call Monday asking if the band could play a gig on short notice.

The next day, band members were in full uniform, banging their drums and blowing their horns to entertain a long line of people waiting to see the vice president of the United States.

After the band played outside, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was the first speaker inside The Fillmore.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

GOP-Hired Company Also Suspected Of Faking Registrations In Mecklenburg

Voter registration forms
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North Carolina election officials are asking counties to double check their voting registrations. That comes after Mecklenburg County found questionable registrations turned in by Strategic Allied Consulting, the company hired by the Republican Party and accused of submitting fake registrations in Florida.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections caught wind of some fishy registrations two weeks ago.

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Local News
11:14 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Medicare Begins Penalizing Hospitals For Readmissions

Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals Monday that have too many repeat patients who check back in due to complications. The penalties will come out of Medicare’s payments to the hospitals, and they're part of President Obama's health care law. 

Nearly one out of every five Medicare patients who walks into a hospital today will be back in the hospital within a month. That’s according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and improving that ratio is what the penalties are all about.

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