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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6:16 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

States Settle Into Wooing War With Bids For Boeing Plane Plant

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

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Negotiations between Boeing and the machinists union in Washington State broke down again last night. The union rejected Boeing's latest contract offer. The deal would've guaranteed that production of the new 777X airplanes would stay in the Seattle area. Now, the aerospace giant may be taking those planes and thousands of jobs elsewhere.

Other states are eagerly courting them. But Michael Tomsic of member station WFAE in Charlotte reports that landing the aerospace company won't come cheap.

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Carolinas, Other States To Boeing: Oh Oh, Pick Me!

In its factory in Monroe, Cyril Bath produces U-shaped parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Credit Michael Tomsic

“We've got just what you need.”

That's basically what Boeing is hearing this week from leaders in the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes - and win the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that come with them.


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Local News
1:15 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Had A Much Better November In Carolinas

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, November was a far better month than October for the federal marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday.


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9:40 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Executives Give Lukewarm Predictions For 2014 NC Economy

Susan DeVore, Brian Moynihan, Tim Belk, David Carroll, LLoyd Yates and Chris Kearney take part in the Charlotte Chamber's economic outlook conference.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The economy in Charlotte and North Carolina as a whole next year will be like a NASCAR race under a caution flag – it’ll move forward, but not too fast. That was the message from executives at the Charlotte Chamber’s annual economic outlook conference Monday.


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Local News
5:54 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NC Medicaid Advisory Group: 'No Decisions' On Overhaul Yet

North Carolina's proposed Medicaid overhaul may change significantly. That's the message from an advisory group the governor and legislature put together, which met for the first time Thursday.


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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

NC Grows Its Main Fund, Keeps AAA Rating In 2013

North Carolina seal
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The pot of money North Carolina uses to pay for most of its programs grew about 20 percent this year. That's according to the state's annual financial report, which came out Tuesday.


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4:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

NC Medicaid Providers Say New Payment System Is Improving

Some doctors in North Carolina still haven't gotten paid for Medicaid services five months after the state rolled out a new system for Medicaid providers, called NC Tracks. But the system is improving, according to a legislative oversight committee that met Monday.


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Local News
4:55 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Governor McCrory On Teacher Raises, Obamacare

Governor Pat McCrory says he wants state lawmakers to give teachers a pay raise when they meet in May for the short session.  He plans to have a salary proposal ready in February.  McCrory made those remarks on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Monday morning. 

The state’s current budget for next year sets aside a $500-a-year raise for the top 25 percent of teachers who decide to give up their tenure and sign a four-year contract. 

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Local News
4:53 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

GOP Hearing In Gastonia A Chance To Rally For Or Against Obamacare

Local witnesses sit in front of Congressmen Robert Pittenger, Darrell Issa, committee counsel and Patrick McHenry
Michael Tomsic

Republican congressmen held a hearing in Gastonia on Friday on the problems people in North Carolina are having with the Affordable Care Act. But it served as more of a political rally for people who oppose or support Obamacare.


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8:55 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Congress Passes Bill That Could Help With Drug Shortages

Medi-Fare Drug Center is a compounding pharmacy in Blacksburg, S.C.
Credit Michael Tomsic

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic discuss the bill.

Last spring we reported on a serious problem in hospitals – shortages of critical drugs, including chemotherapy treatments, anesthetics and even basic vitamins. This week Congress passed a bill that could make it easier for hospitals to get drugs they can't find anywhere else. But there are also risks that come with this particular solution. 

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