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
9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

'Ice Up, Son' Takes Off In Charlotte

Marc Williams of The Sporting Gent.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A new phrase is popping up on T-shirts, Twitter and even at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And you will absolutely hear it yelled at the Carolina Panthers' home playoff game this Sunday. WFAE's Michael Tomsic explains what it is and how it's taking off. 


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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Veteran Carolina Panther Says Fan Support Stayed Strong Even In Lean Years

Ryan Kalil
Credit Carolina Panthers

It’s been five years since the Carolina Panthers have been in the position they are this week – hosting a playoff game. Veteran offensive linemen Ryan Kalil said even though the team hasn't been great the past few years, the fans have. 

“When we've been able to sell out games and have as bad of seasons as we've had the past few years, I mean, that's pretty supportive, in my opinion,” Kalil said after practice Wednesday.

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Local News
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

NC Commerce In Process Of Privatizing Job Recruitment

Richard Lindenmuth is the interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Credit Commerce Department

The North Carolina Commerce Department is in the process of changing the way it recruits and retains businesses. It's privatizing parts of the public model it currently uses, and it announced Tuesday who the interim CEO of the new, private side will be. But much about the new model is still up in the air, including whether state lawmakers will approve it.


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Local News
9:53 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Carolina Panthers Gear Up For First Playoff Game Since 2008

Coach Ron Rivera during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 6.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their first playoff game in five years. WFAE's Michael Tomsic spoke to Coach Ron Rivera and players after Monday's practice and has this report.


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Local News
5:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hospitals Make Pitch For Inpatient Beds

Bill Voerster speaks to state officials and the audience at a public hearing on competition for inpatient hospital beds.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health insist they need more beds to treat patients in Mecklenburg County. They made their cases to the state during a public meeting Tuesday in Charlotte. But the state won't let them both get as many beds as they want.


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Local News
8:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare System Compete For Inpatient Beds

Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System are running out of room at two of their hospitals in Mecklenburg County, so both systems are asking the state if they can add more inpatient beds. The state is holding a public hearing on that Tuesday morning.


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Local News
9:56 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Sen. Rucho Stands By Controversial Tweet

North Carolina state Senator Bob Rucho is standing by his tweet over the weekend that said the Affordable Care Act has done more damage than Nazis, Soviets and terrorists.

A quick bit of background information: Senator Rucho's tweet mentions Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed the Affordable Care Act to stand. OK, here's the tweet:

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Around the Nation
6:16 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

States Settle Into Wooing War With Bids For Boeing Plane Plant

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Negotiations between Boeing and the machinists union in Washington State broke down again last night. The union rejected Boeing's latest contract offer. The deal would've guaranteed that production of the new 777X airplanes would stay in the Seattle area. Now, the aerospace giant may be taking those planes and thousands of jobs elsewhere.

Other states are eagerly courting them. But Michael Tomsic of member station WFAE in Charlotte reports that landing the aerospace company won't come cheap.

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Carolinas, Other States To Boeing: Oh Oh, Pick Me!

In its factory in Monroe, Cyril Bath produces U-shaped parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Credit Michael Tomsic

“We've got just what you need.”

That's basically what Boeing is hearing this week from leaders in the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes - and win the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that come with them.


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Local News
1:15 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Had A Much Better November In Carolinas

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, November was a far better month than October for the federal marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday.


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