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
9:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Some NC Voting Changes Back On Hold (For Now)

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Two parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul are now back on hold. But the change likely doesn't mean much because there are no elections between now and the full trial on the overhaul.

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Local News
4:08 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Charlotte Hornets Promote Defensive Prowess Of Young Star

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the MKG Security video.
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The Charlotte Hornets are having some fun with the defensive brilliance of one of their young stars. The team has set up a website called "MKG Security."

No, the Hornets are not trying to sell you a new home security system.

"MKG" is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a third-year forward out of Kentucky who's becoming one of the NBA's elite defenders.

"When defense is your first priority, look no further than MKG Security," a narrator says in a Hornets-produced video. Kidd-Gilchrist wears a work shirt with patches as the narrator gives the sales pitch:

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Health
12:55 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

NC Lawmakers Behind Vaccine Bill Announce It's Dead

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A bill that would've made it tougher for parents to avoid vaccinating their children is dead. Fierce opposition from some parents prompted the two Republicans and one Democrat who sponsored it to back down.

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Local News
9:29 am
Tue March 31, 2015

In NC Case, US Supreme Court Rules Tracking Device Is A Search

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina courts were wrong to decide that GPS ankle bracelets don't count as searches.

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Local News
6:13 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Mark Price Brings 'Proven Ability To Develop Talent' To UNC Charlotte

Mark Price
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A sharpshooting former NBA All-Star is UNC Charlotte's new men's basketball coach. Mark Price is leaving his assistant coaching position with the Charlotte Hornets to take over the 49ers program.

If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball, there are very few people with more expertise than Mark Price.

Price won the NBA's 3-point contest in 1993 and 1994. He retired in 1999 as one of the NBA's greatest shooters.  

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Local News
5:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Specialty License Plates, The US Supreme Court And NC

North Carolina offers specialty license plates with the Confederate flag.
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a Texas case that could resolve an ongoing legal question in North Carolina: can lawmakers here offer a license plate that says "Choose Life" but refuse to offer a pro-choice alternative?

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Health
8:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NC Senators Aim To Eliminate Religious Exemption For Vaccines

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Three state senators filed a bill Thursday to make it tougher for parents to avoid vaccinating their children. The bill would eliminate North Carolina's religious exemption for vaccines.

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Health
8:28 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Doctors Use Genetics To Find The Right Key To Unlock Cancer Treatment

Edwina Edgeworth and her son, Ronnie.
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Advances in technology are changing some of the basic questions doctors ask when treating cancer.

“Does it matter if it's breast or lung or colon or leukemia - should we be treating tumors based on their mutations and not on their tissue of origin?” says Dr. Stan Lipkowitz of the National Cancer Institute.

Doctors in Charlotte and across the country are in the early stages of answering those questions. They’re focusing on the genetic mutations thought to be driving someone’s cancer, rather than the place it started.

For some patients in Charlotte, the results of this treatment have been remarkable.

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Health
5:58 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Satisfied Patients Now Make Hospitals Richer, But Is That Fair?

Medical Park Hospital's patients tend to be pretty happy customers, leading to thousands of dollars in rewards.
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This story is the result of a partnership between WFAE, Kaiser Health News and NPR. You can find another story from our partnership here.   

In Medical Park Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., Angela Koons is still a little loopy and uncomfortable after wrist surgery. Nurse Suzanne Cammer gently jokes with her. When Koons says she's itchy under her cast, Cammer warns, "Do not stick anything down there to scratch it!" Koons smiles and says, "I know."

Koons tells me Cammer's kind attention and enthusiasm for nursing has helped make the hospital stay more comfortable.

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Health
5:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Novant Health Planning To Form Partnership With UVA

Winston-Salem based Novant Health is planning to form a partnership with the University of Virginia Health System. They would create a new company in northern Virginia that Novant would manage.

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