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.


10:43 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Remembering 'The Indelible Mark' Dean Smith Made On North Carolina

People lined up to enter the UNC-CH's basketball arena to attend the memorial service for Dean Smith.

The line outside UNC-Chapel Hill’s basketball arena snaked around the building and down the street Sunday. It’s a familiar sight on game days. But the thousands who turned out Sunday were not there to watch basketball. They were there to remember the man who built North Carolina basketball: Coach Dean Smith, who died two weeks ago. 

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5:37 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Here's Some Context On NC Tax Revenues Through January

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A report from the state controller Wednesday shows North Carolina's tax revenues are down $477 million compared to the same period a year ago. 

The $477 million represents a 4 percent drop in tax revenue. That's actually an improvement from a few months ago, when the state was down 6 percent.

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6:06 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Dying. It's Tough To Discuss, But Doesn't Have To Be

Chaplain Daniel Miles talks to a fellow employee in his office at Carolinas Medical Center's main campus.
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There is a particular conversation that almost no family can avoid and that doctors agree is incredibly important. Yet, most of us don’t have this conversation. It’s about the medical care we would want if we were dying.

To get the obvious out of the way: this can be an immensely difficult conversation. But it doesn't have to be. 

“In my experience, they tend to go pretty well; I actually enjoy having those conversations with patients,” Daniel Miles says. He’s assistant director of the chaplain department at Carolinas Medical Center's main campus.

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6:56 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Dean Smith Showed 'How Sports Can Matter Beyond The Game'

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Remembrances are pouring in of the man who built North Carolina basketball: Dean Smith. Smith died Saturday night at the age of 83. From the early 1960s to the late 1990s, he coached the UNC-Chapel Hill men’s basketball team to 879 wins, 11 Final Fours, and two national titles. Charlotte resident Tommy Tomlinson wrote a moving account for ESPN in March of Smith’s legacy on and off the court, as well as his struggle with dementia.

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1:13 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

NC Attorney General Joins Latest Supreme Court Argument Over Obamacare

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North Carolina's attorney general is joining those from about 20 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a key part of Obamacare. The attorneys general filed a friend-of-the-court brief last week.

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9:56 am
Wed February 4, 2015

The Legacy Of NASCAR Hall Of Famer Wendell Scott

Franklin Scott, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott, speaks during the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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On December 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's top division. More than 50 years later, the number of African-American drivers who've accomplished that feat hasn't changed. Scott's recent induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte was a chance to celebrate a pioneering achievement, but also an opportunity to examine why NASCAR still struggles with diversity.

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4:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NASCAR Heads Into 2015 With Playoff Momentum, Big TV Contract, But Fewer Seats

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.
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NASCAR goes into its next season with a giant new TV contract and a revamped playoff system that led to wrecks, fights and some higher ratings last year. The sport's executives say the changes made last season one of the most thrilling in the past decade, and that even casual fans took notice. But the sport is still nowhere near as well-viewed or attended as it was before the recession.

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5:56 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Fight Over Voter ID In NC Heads To State Court

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A group that's challenging North Carolina's voting overhaul in federal court will take a different argument to state court Friday. The League of Women Voters and other plaintiffs are asking a judge in Raleigh to toss out a photo ID requirement that starts next year.

Alberta Currie has turned out for election after election in North Carolina since the 1950s. But she doesn't have a photo ID and worries she doesn't have the right documents to get one.

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12:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Electrolux's Global Profits Up, North American Profits Down In 2014

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Household appliance-maker Electrolux, whose North American headquarters is in Charlotte, reported an 18 percent increase in global profits last year. But in its earnings report Wednesday morning, Electrolux noted its North American profits were down compared to 2013.

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8:38 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon Retiring

Jeff Gordon at an awards ceremony.
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Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will retire after the upcoming season. Gordon's clean-cut style helped NASCAR connect with a new generation of racing fans.

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