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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4:19 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Charlotte Knights Hold First Practice In Uptown Ballpark

The Charlotte Knights hold their first practice at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte.
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s minor league baseball team practiced in its new ballpark in uptown for the first time Tuesday.


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3:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic explain a federal judge's ruling on legislative immunity in the N.C. voting lawsuits.

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9:36 am
Mon March 31, 2014

In Charlotte, U.S. Sets Canoe/Kayak Team With Fast Races And 'A Lot Of Fun'

Fans and coaches look on during a race for a spot at the World Championships
Michael Tomsic

The Canoe Slalom World Championships are in Maryland this September. The members of the U.S. national team who will compete in those championships were determined over the weekend in Charlotte at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.


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8:36 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Seven Years Later, A 'Successful' Whitewater Center (With Taxpayer Help)

An athlete practices at the U.S. National Whitewater Center before the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials.
Michael Tomsic

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting races this weekend that'll determine who represents the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team at this year’s world championships. It's a key event for a facility in Mecklenburg County that's had its share of financial troubles since opening in 2006 but has emerged from those troubles with the help of taxpayer money. Mecklenburg County and other local governments agreed to contribute up to $12 million to help the Whitewater Center get through its first seven years of business. Now Mecklenburg County officials say the facility is doing well enough that they shouldn't have to make their final payment.


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9:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

NBA Commissioner: Bobcats' Arena Needs Upgrades To Host All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Great news for Charlotte basketball fans, but not necessarily for Charlotte taxpayers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he’d love for the city to host an All-Star game. But he says the Charlotte Bobcats’ arena needs an upgrade first, and that’s where taxpayers come in.


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1:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013

North Carolina paid Medicaid providers about $440,000 more than it should have last year. That's according to a report Friday from the state auditor's office, which found several problems in its annual review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

About a third of the overpayment consisted of state money, as the federal government covers about two-thirds of Medicaid costs in North Carolina. Dave Richard is deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and he offered this perspective on the overpayment: 

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9:14 am
Tue March 18, 2014

What New NC Medicaid Overhaul Means For Budgeting, Mental Health

Credit N.C. DHHS

The McCrory administration wants doctors and hospitals to play a much larger role in managing the state's Medicaid program. The administration submitted its new Medicaid overhaul to the General Assembly Monday.


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6:47 am
Mon March 17, 2014

McCrory Administration Submits New Medicaid Plan Monday

Governor Pat McCrory's administration will make its new approach to overhauling the state's most expensive health care program official Monday. State health leaders will submit their new plan for Medicaid to the General Assembly.

There's one phrase that you'll be hearing a lot about with our state's Medicaid program: accountable care organization. When you hear that jargon, think: groups of doctors and hospitals.

Dr. Elliott Fisher at Dartmouth College helped develop the concept and unveiled it under a different name in 2006.

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8:34 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Obamacare May Not Be Signing Up Enough Young Adults

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More than 250,000 people in the Carolinas have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace or exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. But there may not be enough young people signing up for the law to work as intended.


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3:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Merger Means Charlotte Will Share Chiquita With Dublin

Credit Julie Rose

Chiquita's merger with an Irish produce company will have a minimal impact on the number of jobs the banana giant keeps in Charlotte. The company currently employs about 300 people at its headquarters in uptown.


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