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
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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Local News
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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Sports
8:27 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Panthers Show They Belong

Fans stream into Bank of America Stadium.
Michael Tomsic

Uptown Charlotte was festive last night before, during and after the Carolina Panthers’ first Monday Night Football game in five years. The Panthers defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 at Bank of America Stadium to improve their record to 7-3. It was the Panthers’ sixth win in a row.


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Local News
9:15 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Food Stamp Cuts Are Latest Problem For NC Families, Food Pantries

$36 worth of food at a grocery store.
Credit Loaves and Fishes

Almost 151,000 low-income people in Mecklenburg County will have less money for food this month.

That's because of federal cuts to the food stamp program that took effect this month. In North Carolina, those cuts follow state changes in the past year that already had food pantries scrambling to meet increasing demand.


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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

About 2,200 People Get Through Health Insurance Marketplace In NC, SC

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, about 2,200 people have signed up for health insurance through the new federal marketplace, or exchange.  That's according to federal data released Wednesday.

So the marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act is kind of working.

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Local News
10:31 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Charlotte Airport To Remain Major Hub For New American Airlines

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Credit Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

Charlotte's airport will remain a major hub for U.S. Airways for at least three years after the company merges with American Airlines. That's part of a settlement the airlines reached with the Justice Department and state attorneys general today, which had sued to block the merger.


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CAJA
9:30 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Charlotte Artist Injects Magic, Chaos Into Getting Dressed

Joseph Herscher lifts his foot to put on his shoe right as a huge clock rolls under his leg as he performs The Dresser.
McColl Center for Visual Art

Getting dressed can be pretty boring. But an artist in Charlotte turned it into a funny, machine-driven and excessively complicated task over the weekend. Joseph Herscher debuted his first live exhibition in the United States at the McColl Center for Visual Art.


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Local News
7:21 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Charlotte Hospital Takes Part In Global Study Of Sepsis

Hospitals around the world Thursday are focusing on an enormous problem for their sickest patients. A Charlotte hospital is among the more than 1,400 taking part in a one-day study of the life-threatening illness called sepsis.

Sepsis is basically your body overreacting to an infection, and it can lead to organ failure and death.

Dr. Alan Heffner leads Carolinas HealthCare System's campaign against it and works at the flagship hospital, CMC-Main.

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Local Elections
8:28 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Patrick Cannon Is Charlotte's New Mayor

Patrick Cannon is the new mayor of Charlotte with 53 percent of the vote.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Charlotte has a new mayor. Democrat Patrick Cannon won 53 percent of the vote last night, defeating Republican Edwin Peacock.


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Local News
4:46 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Military's Huge Impact In NC May Shrink

The military supports roughly 540,000 jobs in North Carolina, but its presence may shrink over the next few years. That's according to a report the N.C. Commerce Department released Tuesday.


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