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
1:44 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

NC Tax Revenues Still Down But Not As Much

North Carolina's gap in tax revenue compared to the year before keeps getting smaller. The Office of the State Controller reported Tuesday that tax revenues are still down though.

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Health
11:05 am
Mon March 9, 2015

NC Doctors Will Have To Pay Back 3 Percent Of Medicaid Payments

* Indicates practices exempt in 2014 due to ACA match funds. Recoupment estimate for first two months of 2015 only.
Provided by the NC Medical Society – Chip Baggett – Jennifer Gasperini – Dave Horne

Doctors across North Carolina will soon have to pay back a chunk of what they earned treating Medicaid patients over the past 14 months. The retroactive pay cut is part of a law passed in 2013 and tweaked last year. As you can imagine, doctors aren't too happy about giving back money the state has already paid them.

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Health
4:01 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Why United Healthcare And Carolinas HealthCare System Couldn't Reach A Deal

In the Charlotte area, roughly 80,000 United Healthcare customers may have to find a new doctor. The health insurance company says that's how many people are affected by its contract expiring with Carolinas HealthCare System.

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Health
2:36 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

What Supreme Court Obamacare Argument Could Mean For NC

Credit healthcare.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that North Carolina's attorney general and many others say could lead to chaos in health insurance markets.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

US Supreme Court Rules NC Dental Board Violated Antitrust Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that North Carolina's dental board violated antitrust laws. In a 6-3 decision, the justices said the board cannot order non-dentists to stop offering teeth whitening.

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Health
9:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

CRE Superbug: What It Is, Who's Vulnerable, And Why Antibiotics Can Be A Problem

Credit cdc.gov

Hospitals in the Charlotte region are taking extra precautions against a deadly superbug called CRE. That's after a recent outbreak at a UCLA hospital. The infection is difficult to treat, but it's extremely rare for healthy people to get it inside or outside of hospitals.

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Sports
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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Local News
5:37 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Here's Some Context On NC Tax Revenues Through January

Credit Alan Cleaver / Flickr

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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Health
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.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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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Local News
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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