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
3:45 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

NC Makes Progress On Food Stamp Delays, But Deadline Looms

State and county health workers are rushing to clear parts of North Carolina's food stamp backlog before a federal deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it's demanding North Carolina make a certain amount of progress by Monday.


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9:34 am
Mon February 3, 2014

In Charlotte, Conspirators Behind $850 Million Ponzi Scheme Due In Court

Two of the people behind an $850 million Ponzi scheme are due in federal court in Charlotte this week. They're pleading guilty for their roles in defrauding investors worldwide, including more than 1,500 in the Charlotte area.


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9:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NASCAR Makes Its Playoffs More Like Other Sports

Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon discuss the upcoming season.
Credit Michael Tomsic

NASCAR is overhauling its playoff system to create a winner-take-all final race. The sport's executives announced the changes Thursday in Charlotte. It'll make NASCAR's postseason simpler and more similar to other professional sports.


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6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

NASCAR Considering New Playoff System

The changes are coming out as part of the Sprint Media Tour hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Credit Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR is changing the way drivers qualify for races this season to add excitement to the days leading up to the race. And Thursday in Charlotte, drivers and speedway executives expect NASCAR to announce huge changes to the sport's playoff system.


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10:06 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Feds Order NC To Cut Down Food Stamp Delays By Feb. 10

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North Carolina is two weeks away from a federal deadline to resolve some of its longest food stamp delays. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it's giving the state certain benchmarks to meet by February 10.


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10:05 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases

Wanda Larson and her boyfriend.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

State health officials are continuing to review whether Union County mishandled any child abuse cases when Wanda Larson worked for the county. Larson was a supervisor for child protective services when authorities charged her in November with child abuse. 


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Local News
9:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

In Charlotte, Judge Describes Asbestos Litigation 'Infected With The Impropriety Of Some Law Firms'

Rick Magee of EnPro demonstrating how a Garlock gasket would go between two pipes.
Credit Michael Tomsic

In January, a federal bankruptcy judge in Charlotte issued what could be a game-changing decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge slashed what a manufacturer owes asbestos victims by roughly $1 billion after finding that the victims' lawyers abused the system.

If you watch TV, you've probably seen a commercial like this.

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Local News
9:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos in an earlier legislative oversight committee meeting.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

North Carolina's food stamp delays are unacceptable, but there's no timeline for when they'll stop. That's what North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.

The problems in Health and Human Services are affecting the poorest people in North Carolina the most.

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Local News
9:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Surges In December In Carolinas

In the Carolinas, there was a massive increase in enrollment last month in the federal health insurance marketplace or exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to federal data released Monday.


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7:33 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Panthers Look To Future As 49ers Move On

The scene at Bank of America Stadium as the Panthers took the field.
Michael Tomsic

Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte went from deafeningly loud to depressingly quiet during the Carolina Panthers’ playoff game Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers spoiled the Panthers’ first playoff game in five years, beating the home team 23-10.


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