Michael Tomsic


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.


DNC 2012
10:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Mayor Anthony Foxx On His Moment With DNC

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addressed the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday night.

Mayor Anthony Foxx's speech was short and sweet. He welcomed the crowd to Charlotte, and he emphasized his own personal values are tied to those of the city he grew up in.

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DNC 2012
10:59 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Strong Youth Presence At DNC

There's a strong youth presence at the Democratic National Convention. Organizers say this year's convention has more delegates under age 35 than any previous one. And the DNC held a youth council Monday designed to inspire young people to get out the vote for President Obama.

You know you’re at an event that targets young people when the opening speaker tells everyone to share a video on social media.

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DNC 2012
7:57 am
Mon September 3, 2012

To Drink Or Not To Drink At The DNC Media Party?

Two mimes walking on stilts greeted the guests at the front gate.
Tanner Latham

The Democratic National Convention means a lot of speeches.  But it also means a lot of partying as lawmakers and delegates celebrate the nomination of their candidate.  Reporters will have a busy week covering the hubbub.  But this weekend the media got an elaborate party of its own put on by Charlotte's host committee.  In an industry that's squeamish about taking gifts, this is one of the exceptions.  Here's how WFAE's Lisa Miller and Michael Tomsic navigated the ethics of the evening.

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Election 2012
6:07 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Tips From Tampa For Handling A National Convention

Life is slowly getting back to normal in Tampa after the Republican National Convention concluded Thursday night. Some businesses, restaurants and schools there offered these tips for Charlotte residents about how to handle a national convention coming to town.   

The main events were in downtown Tampa, and that area turned into a secure zone on steroids, in the words of Marshall Rainey.

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DNC 2012
1:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

DNC Hosts Open House At TWC Arena

The unveiling of the main stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Bobcats’ arena is now fully set up for the Democratic National Convention, and Charlotte-area residents were invited to take a free first look Friday.

The Time Warner Cable Arena looks like it’s ready for a multi-million dollar rock concert.  

Head of the convention Steve Kerrigan showed off the main stage Friday morning to middle and high school students from the North Carolina School for the Deaf.  

"There’s going to be a podium that comes up right out of the floor, which is going to be amazing," Kerrigan said.

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Science & Environment
4:37 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Rising Seas Endanger Outer Banks, Atlantic Coast

View of the cost from the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

Large areas of the Outer Banks and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast are in danger because of rising seas. That’s according to a recent report on climate change by two environmental groups.

Here’s what a beach vacation to Cape Hatteras or Cape Lookout might be like later this century:

"The summers could average as hot as those in Galveston, Texas, and it is well over half of the land out there that is vulnerable to being covered by a rising sea," said Stephen Saunders, the report's lead author.

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DNC 2012
1:02 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

DNC Brings Opportunities, Disappointments For Charlotte Businesses

The visitor pavilion at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Credit Courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Charlotte businesses are gearing up for next week's Democratic National Convention. Grounds crews are sprucing up botanical gardens, machines are whirring away at printing shops, and caterers are preparing heaps of food. But even with tens of thousands of people traveling to Charlotte, there's only so much business to go around.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Charlotte Gay Pride Festival Has Record Turnout

A local drag queen named Roxy welcomes the crowd to day two of Pride Charlotte.
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte held its annual gay pride festival over the weekend, and organizers say it was the biggest one in the city's history. They say about 45,000 people turned out. The passage of a state amendment banning gay marriage was on the minds of many there.

The Pride Charlotte Festival has grown into a huge event that takes over a few blocks of South Tryon Street for the whole weekend.

"I want to welcome you to day two - day two - of Pride Charlotte 2012," a local drag queen named Roxy said on one of the main stages to get the party going again Sunday.

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12:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Small Towns Left Behind In N.C. Recovery

Interstate highway.

Almost all North Carolina counties have a lower unemployment rate than they did a year ago. But the latest job numbers show that the state’s economic recovery is much more concentrated than that.

Here’s a simple theory to explain job growth: do you live near an interstate?

"Most of the improvements in the state’s unemployment rate are coming along the I-40 and the I-85, I-95 corridors," said Allan Freyer, an analyst for the N.C. Budget and Tax Center.

Freyer said big cities off the interstates are the only places really recovering in North Carolina. 

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3:50 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Lowe's Earnings Fall Short Of Expectations

Lowe’s home improvement earned 10 percent less from May to August than it did last year. The Mooresville-based company now says it won’t make as much money this year as it had previously estimated.

Lowe’s earnings fell short of its own expectations and Wall Street analysts’.

The nation’s second-largest home improvement chain has been restructuring. A big part of that is making it easier for customers to shop online, on mobile devices and in the stores. CEO Robert Niblock said on a conference call with investors the company is making progress on those initiatives.

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