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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10:05 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases

Wanda Larson and her boyfriend.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

State health officials are continuing to review whether Union County mishandled any child abuse cases when Wanda Larson worked for the county. Larson was a supervisor for child protective services when authorities charged her in November with child abuse. 


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9:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

In Charlotte, Judge Describes Asbestos Litigation 'Infected With The Impropriety Of Some Law Firms'

Rick Magee of EnPro demonstrating how a Garlock gasket would go between two pipes.
Credit Michael Tomsic

In January, a federal bankruptcy judge in Charlotte issued what could be a game-changing decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge slashed what a manufacturer owes asbestos victims by roughly $1 billion after finding that the victims' lawyers abused the system.

If you watch TV, you've probably seen a commercial like this.

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9:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos in an earlier legislative oversight committee meeting.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

North Carolina's food stamp delays are unacceptable, but there's no timeline for when they'll stop. That's what North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.

The problems in Health and Human Services are affecting the poorest people in North Carolina the most.

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9:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Surges In December In Carolinas

In the Carolinas, there was a massive increase in enrollment last month in the federal health insurance marketplace or exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to federal data released Monday.


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7:33 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Panthers Look To Future As 49ers Move On

The scene at Bank of America Stadium as the Panthers took the field.
Michael Tomsic

Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte went from deafeningly loud to depressingly quiet during the Carolina Panthers’ playoff game Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers spoiled the Panthers’ first playoff game in five years, beating the home team 23-10.


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9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

'Ice Up, Son' Takes Off In Charlotte

Marc Williams of The Sporting Gent.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A new phrase is popping up on T-shirts, Twitter and even at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And you will absolutely hear it yelled at the Carolina Panthers' home playoff game this Sunday. WFAE's Michael Tomsic explains what it is and how it's taking off. 


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4:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Veteran Carolina Panther Says Fan Support Stayed Strong Even In Lean Years

Ryan Kalil
Credit Carolina Panthers

It’s been five years since the Carolina Panthers have been in the position they are this week – hosting a playoff game. Veteran offensive linemen Ryan Kalil said even though the team hasn't been great the past few years, the fans have. 

“When we've been able to sell out games and have as bad of seasons as we've had the past few years, I mean, that's pretty supportive, in my opinion,” Kalil said after practice Wednesday.

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3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

NC Commerce In Process Of Privatizing Job Recruitment

Richard Lindenmuth is the interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Credit Commerce Department

The North Carolina Commerce Department is in the process of changing the way it recruits and retains businesses. It's privatizing parts of the public model it currently uses, and it announced Tuesday who the interim CEO of the new, private side will be. But much about the new model is still up in the air, including whether state lawmakers will approve it.


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9:53 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Carolina Panthers Gear Up For First Playoff Game Since 2008

Coach Ron Rivera during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 6.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their first playoff game in five years. WFAE's Michael Tomsic spoke to Coach Ron Rivera and players after Monday's practice and has this report.


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5:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hospitals Make Pitch For Inpatient Beds

Bill Voerster speaks to state officials and the audience at a public hearing on competition for inpatient hospital beds.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health insist they need more beds to treat patients in Mecklenburg County. They made their cases to the state during a public meeting Tuesday in Charlotte. But the state won't let them both get as many beds as they want.


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