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
5:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Business Of Bringing 'Hornets' Back To Charlotte

Owner Michael Jordan and Chief Marketing Officer Pete Guelli announced the name-change in May.
Michael Tomsic

After 12 years away, one of Charlotte's most beloved brands is coming home. Next season, Charlotte's NBA team will once again take the court as the Hornets. The Bobcats announced the change last summer, and the organization is taking about a year and a half to transition. WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the business of bringing the Hornets back.


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Local News
4:47 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

NC Commerce Privatization Tries To Take Shape

John Lassiter sits as the head of the table during the first meeting of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The private board that Governor Pat McCrory wants to take control of recruiting and retaining businesses in North Carolina met for the first time Wednesday. But there’s not too much that board can do until the state legislature gives it more authority.


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Local News
12:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

USDA Satisfied With NC's Progress On Food Stamp Backlog

Federal officials are satisfied with how much North Carolina has reduced its food stamp backlog. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it ruled late Friday on North Carolina's progress.


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Local News
9:11 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Snow Plows Charging Through Charlotte

Snow plow drivers are working to clear parking lots and roadways in Charlotte.


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Local News
7:53 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Stuck In Charlotte

A car sits abandoned past the tire tracks where Gregory Abrams almost got stuck.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Some cars in Charlotte are stuck. A few people have abandoned their vehicles in the university area, and other drivers are trying to work their way out.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic's report

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Local News
5:06 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter Storm Clogs Traffic, Causes Some Power Outages In Charlotte Area

Snow and ice are ensnarling traffic, cancelling flights and causing some power outages in the Charlotte area.

John Tomko is a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in South Carolina.

“Before this all wraps up tomorrow at lunchtime, storm total snow around seven inches in the Charlotte area," he said, "a little higher to the north and west.”

WFAE's Michael Tomsic has this update on the conditions:

Let's start with traffic – what are the roads like?

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Local News
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST

N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos at an earlier hearing with state lawmakers.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.


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Local News
12:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

NC Barely Misses Federal Deadline To Resolve Food Stamp Delays

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WFAE's Marshall Terry and Michael Tomsic explain how the state barely missed the federal deadline.

North Carolina came up just short of a federal deadline to clear certain parts of its food stamp backlog. State Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos announced this morning that there are still 25 food stamp applications or renewals left.

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Local News
10:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Mecklenburg County Clears Food Stamp Backlog (Again)

Mecklenburg County staff work on food stamp applications.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Mecklenburg County has done its part in trying to help North Carolina meet a federal deadline to resolve some of the state's longest food stamp delays. The state says it'll announce whether it met Monday's deadline on Tuesday morning. But Mecklenburg County health officials say they've cleared the entire county backlog.


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Around the Nation
5:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation

Companies have set aside more than $30 billion for victims of mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure, since 1980.
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Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 8:00 pm

This is a case about a bankrupt company, legal shenanigans, and a rare type of cancer.

You may have seen TV commercials about mesothelioma, mainly caused by inhaling asbestos — minerals many companies once used in insulation and other products.

According to a 2011 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, companies have set aside more than $30 billion for mesothelioma victims since the 1980s. Asbestos lawsuits have played a role in about 100 companies' going bankrupt.

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