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
5:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Pittenger, Roberts Differ On Health Care, Transportation

Jennifer Roberts and Robert Pittenger debate at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Michael Tomsic

The two candidates who aim to represent North Carolina’s 9th District Congressional seat held their first debate Wednesday. Republican Robert Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts are running to fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican Sue Myrick.

Pittenger is a former three-term state senator, and Roberts is finishing her fourth term as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner. A small crowd turned out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to watch the debate.

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Local News
11:53 am
Wed September 26, 2012

N.C. Community Colleges Lead National Effort To Retrain Workers

Three North Carolina community colleges will be part of a national effort to help laid off workers retrain for bioscience and health care jobs.

As some American jobs have disappeared because of international trade, the U.S. Labor Department has been trying to figure out how to get the people affected back to work.

This effort at community colleges is one of its solutions. The Labor Department gave 12 community colleges across the country a $15 million grant to retrain those workers for jobs in the bioscience industry. 

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Local News
2:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Cabarrus County To Cut Day Care Subsidy

Cabarrus County Seal
Cabarrus County

Almost 400 children in Cabarrus County may lose access to a day care program designed to help their parents keep working.

The Cabarrus Child Care Subsidy program helps low-income families pay for day care so the parents have more time to maintain jobs or go to college. It currently serves about 1,500 children.

But county Director of Social Services Ben Rose said it can’t afford to keep serving that many because of federal and state budget cuts.

“Part of the challenge, too, is that we’ve had increased demand over the past year,” Rose said.

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Business
4:27 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Why Did Shutterfly Choose S.C. Over N.C.?

The Internet company Shutterfly is moving its Charlotte operations to Fort Mill, South Carolina. The firm plans to create more than 400 full-time jobs there.

Shutterfly is only moving about 10 miles from its facility in Charlotte, where it employs about 200 people. But that short drive goes over the South Carolina border to Fort Mill, which creates some winners and losers depending on who you ask. 

Mark Farris is the director of economic development in York County.

"I think it’s a win not only for us but for the entire region," Farris said.

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Local News
2:15 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

'Disappointing' Unemployment Report For N.C.

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North Carolina’s unemployment rate got worse in August, while South Carolina’s remained steady but well above the national average.

If you’re looking for bright spots in the North Carolina unemployment report, well, good luck.

"This is undoubtedly a disappointing jobs report," Allan Freyer said. He's an analyst with the N.C. Budget and Tax Center. "We see a weakening private sector and long-term decay in public sector employment as well."

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Local News
9:15 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty Increased Last Year In The Carolinas

Cynthia Jackson gets food for her family from a Loaves and Fishes food pantry.
Michael Tomsic

Poverty is one the rise in the Carolinas. The Census Bureau announced Thursday morning that almost 100,000 more people were driven into poverty last year in North and South Carolina.

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Local News
2:19 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp Announces Resignation

UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp
UNC.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp is resigning. The announcement comes just a few days after UNC’s Board of Governors said it still supported Thorp despite a series of troubles during his tenure.

Thorp kept his job – and the support of his bosses – during a two-year stretch that included a football scandal, an academic scandal and, finally, a fundraising scandal.

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Local News
9:44 am
Sat September 15, 2012

UNC Chancellor Thorp Discusses Most Recent Scandal

The Board of Governors for the UNC system continues to stand behind UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp in the wake of a scandal involving two fundraising officers. But board members also made it clear to Thorp in a meeting Friday they’re concerned about the latest hit to the state’s flagship university.

The board’s discussion of the most recent resignations was closed to the public. UNC system president Tom Ross said after he still supports UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp.

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Local News
5:21 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Number Of Poor Americans Stabilizes At 53-Year High

The number of people living in poverty across the country has stabilized. But it remains at a more than 50-year high, according to Census data released Wednesday. The data also show the South has the highest level of poverty of any region. 
 

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Local News
4:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Top Fundraiser Resigns In Latest Blow To UNC

UNC's Old Well
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A vice chancellor and key fundraiser for UNC-Chapel Hill has resigned. Matt Kupec offered his resignation after UNC found he paid for personal trips with the university’s money. 

Kupec took trips on the university’s dime with Tami Hansbrough. She’s the divorced mother of Tyler Hansbrough, the former UNC basketball star who now plays for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. She was working for the university as a major gifts officer. But now she’s on administrative leave and Kupec has resigned.

Winston Crisp is UNC’s vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

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