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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North Carolina
11:07 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Board Of Governors Forces Ross To Leave UNC System Presidency Next Year

Tom Ross

Without explaining why, the Board of Governors for the UNC system announced Friday that system President Tom Ross is on his way out. The board members who oversee the 17-campus system are forcing Ross to retire next January.


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Local News
11:08 am
Thu January 15, 2015

What's The Panama Canal Have To Do With Charlotte? Mint Museum Explains

Jon Stuhlman gives a tour of the Panama Canal exhibit at the Mint Museum Uptown.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Art, the Panama Canal and the Charlotte economy intersected at the Mint Museum Uptown on Wednesday night. The museum’s exhibit featuring paintings of the canal’s construction 100 years ago served as a backdrop for a discussion of Charlotte’s role in the global shipping industry – and how that role is growing.

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5:19 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

NC Leaders Want U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case

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North Carolina's legislative leaders will try to bypass a federal appeals court and take the case over the state's same-sex marriage ban straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Local News
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

In Largest Health Insurance Market, Premium Growth Slows

This shows the slowing growth of premiums for single coverage. In North Carolina, premiums for family coverage also slowed but not as much.
Credit The Commonwealth Fund


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Local News
5:50 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Remembering SportsCenter Anchor And Longtime Tar Heel Stuart Scott

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If you watch ESPN, you’re surely familiar with Stuart Scott. You don’t forget his style. Here he is giving highlights from a 1998 game between North Carolina and Duke.

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Local News
3:43 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Tega Cay Gets Sewage Spills Under Control

Credit Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

In South Carolina, Tega Cay has largely resolved what leaders say has been a black eye for the city – repeated sewage spills.

Tega Cay is a small city near Fort Mill that had an outsized sewage problem for much of the past few years.

"It seemed like every time there was a half inch of rain or better, we were getting reports of sewer overflows," City Manager Charlie Funderburk says.

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Local News
9:58 am
Tue December 23, 2014

U.S. Attorney's Office In Charlotte Builds Reputation For Prosecuting Health Care Fraud

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Some lawyers say the U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte is building a reputation for being especially aggressive in prosecuting health care fraud. As an example, the office earlier this year won its largest settlement ever with a single doctor.

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Local News
1:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Charlotte Hospitals Penalized For Infections And Complications

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The federal government is cutting Medicare payments to one-fifth of North Carolina hospitals because of high rates of infections or other complications. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the penalties released Thursday.

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Local News
5:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Second Mecklenburg County Social Worker Charged With Medicaid Fraud

For the second time in two months, a U.S. Attorney on Thursday charged a Mecklenburg County social worker with taking at least $10,000 in Medicaid kickbacks.

County workers Ryce Hatchett Jr. and Ieshia Watkins both participated in Medicaid fraud schemes with a mental health provider named Ronnie Robinson, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins. The alleged crimes took place from 2009 to 2012.

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5:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

How 2014 Turnout Data May Fit Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Participation: Total votes from identified demographic. Proportion: Demographic as a percentage of all votes cast. Turnout: Percentage of registered voters who participated from identified demographic .
Credit N.C. Board of Elections

A federal appeals court ruled in October that some North Carolina voting changes would result in irreparable harm to African-Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled, and allowed the changes to be part of this year's elections. Now lawyers involved in the ongoing case have new data to work with – the state Board of Elections released a final breakdown of turnout Tuesday.

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