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
2:52 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

In Carolinas, Heavy Rains Wash Out Farmers' Crops

Tomatoes stick in the mud at Barbee Farms in Concord, N.C.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Rotten peaches, drowned tobacco, moldy wheat and waterlogged watermelons.

Those are a few examples of how heavy rains in the Carolinas are decimating crops. Farmers are dealing with some of the wettest weather they've ever had, and all that rain is washing out a sizable chunk of the Southern economy.


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4:51 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Too Much Rain Washes Out Crops In The South

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:10 am

Parts of the South have seen record rainfall this year. After years of drought, you'd think all that rain would be a good thing. But too much of the wet stuff is bad for farmers' crops.

Local News
9:29 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Is NC Medicaid Broken Or Award-Winning?

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Governor Pat McCrory's administration is still working on an overhaul of one of North Carolina's most important – and expensive – health programs.

Medicaid serves about one and a half million low-income or disabled North Carolinians. And it costs the state roughly $36 million a day. McCrory has said the program is broken and inefficient, often pointing to an audit that found North Carolina is horrible at managing costs and budgeting.

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Local News
6:28 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Health Insurance Coming To A Strip Mall Near You

Soon you'll be able to shop for books, shoes, video games – and health insurance – all in the same shopping center. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening retail stores in a handful of strip malls.


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Local News
9:36 am
Fri August 2, 2013

NC Explainer: Possums, Shark Teeth And Whirligigs

Some of Vollis Simpson's whirligigs.
Credit Brendan Greaves / Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

WFAE's Marshall Terry and Michael Tomsic discuss some of the quirky legislation the North Carolina General Assembly passed.

Sometimes one new possum law just isn't enough.

This week we've been examining some of the ways North Carolina laws are changing. The changes are the result of the legislative session that ended last week – the first in more than a century in which Republicans controlled both the General Assembly and the governor's mansion. We've addressed gun rights, abortion, education, and voting rights. This morning, we're going a different direction. We finish our series with some of the quirky legislation that passed.

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Local News
9:11 am
Thu August 1, 2013

NC Explainer: Voting Rights

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WFAE's Marshall Terry and Michael Tomsic discuss voting changes that resulted from the North Carolina legislative session that ended recently.

Big changes are coming to North Carolina's election laws. That's what we're focusing on this morning as part of our week-long look at some of the major bills state lawmakers passed this session.

Election experts say North Carolina passed some of the most sweeping voting changes in the country. It's a huge shift from our current election laws, from how many days you'll have to vote, to what you need to bring to cast a ballot to even how you can register. But let's start with when you can vote.

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Local News
9:14 am
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Explainer: Education Changes

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WFAE's Marshall Terry, Lisa Miller and Michael Tomsic discuss education changes from the legislative session that recently ended.

North Carolina laws are changing, from what you need to vote, to which clinics can provide abortions, to how teachers keep their jobs. The General Assembly passed many of the new laws last week at the very end of the legislative session. So every day this week, WFAE is examining some of the major changes. We've covered gun legislation and abortion regulations so far. This morning we focus on education.

There were a lot of new education changes that passed either in bills or through the budget. That includes getting rid of teacher tenure and including money for vouchers for kids to attend private schools. But some of those changes shouldn't be a surprise.

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue July 30, 2013

NC Explainer: Abortion Regulations

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WFAE's Marshall Terry and Michael Tomsic discuss new abortion regulations in North Carolina.

This week, WFAE is taking a closer look at laws the North Carolina General Assembly passed during the session that ended last week. Yesterday, we examined gun legislation. Today, we're explaining the new abortion regulations.

This was controversial legislation, as abortion bills usually are. There were people upset about how it was attached to an unrelated bill. And then there's the content of the bill itself, which Governor McCrory signed Monday.

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Local News
9:55 am
Mon July 29, 2013

NC Explainer: Gun Legislation

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WFAE's Marshall Terry and Michael Tomsic discuss the gun legislation that is poised to become law in North Carolina.

A wide variety of North Carolina laws are poised to change, including where you can carry guns, what you need to vote and which clinics can provide abortions.

The changes are the result of the legislative session that ended last week. It was the first in more than a century in which Republicans controlled both the General Assembly and the governor's mansion. And they shook things up.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

N.C. Legislature Passes Bill To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent

North Carolinians should soon have an easier time understanding their medical bills and comparing the cost of common procedures at different hospitals. Those are among the goals of legislation the General Assembly passed Thursday.


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