Mark Rumsey

Community Engagement Coordinator/All Things Considered Host

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.   

Later stops in his radio career found him reporting and anchoring local news at stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charlotte.

Mark joined the world of public radio in 1997 as News Director at WFAE.  Today, he continues to serve as local host for All Things Considered and produces WFAE’s Public Conversations, an ongoing series of community forums.  

If Mark turns up missing on a nice autumn day, you might find him on the hiking trails at North Carolina’s Stone Mountain State Park.   If he disappears for a week or two – check  the Tel Aviv airport.  Perhaps he’s found a way to again pursue his passion for traveling to the Holy Land.

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Gastonia Police Department

The search continued Sunday for Maddox Scott Ritch. Gastonia Police say the boy, who is autistic and non-verbal, disappeared Saturday afternoon while with his parents at Rankin Lake Park.

The City of Gastonia said more than two dozen law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency management units from Gaston, Lincoln and Spartanburg Counties and Charlotte have joined the search. The missing boy is 4 feet tall, with blonde hair. 
Gastonia Police are asking anyone with information in the case to call 704-869-1075.

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

The Lumbee of eastern North Carolina have long been identified as Native American by their neighbors and by the state. Even the federal government has acknowledged — they are Indian. But the approximately 55,000 Lumbee Indians don’t receive any of the same benefits as members of Native American tribes that have full recognition by the U.S. government.

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The effort to redevelop the mostly vacant Eastland Mall site is back on the agenda for a Charlotte City Council committee Monday.  

Courtesy of Patrice Gopo

“It’s like you’re our slave.” Patrice Gopo was 22 years old when she heard those words as she stood washing a stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen of a missionary home in Africa. The speaker was an adult, white male in the missionary community where Gopo spent the year after college. 

UNC Chapel Hill Libraries

The Salisbury Police Department is investigating the vandalism of a Confederate monument that occurred early Saturday morning.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Drug overdoses killed an estimated 72,000 people in the U.S. last year.  A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control also shows that deaths from drug overdoses in North Carolina in 2017 soared at the second-highest rate in the nation. 

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A panel of judges ordered state elections officials not to print ballots for the November election, as it considers whether North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature is trying to fool voters with the wording of proposed amendments to the state constitution.

Greensboro-based apparel and accessories manufacturer VF Corporation announced a major restructuring Monday, including a split into two independent, publicly-traded companies. 


North Carolina’s five living former governors will hold a press conference in Raleigh Monday to send a bipartisan message against two of the proposed amendments to the state constitution that will be on the ballot this fall.  

For more than a year, WFAE’s Sarah Delia has been speaking to a woman we’re calling Linda. Linda was sexually assaulted in Charlotte over three years ago in June of 2015.

When Linda began speaking to Delia, she didn’t have many answers around the progress of her case. But over the course of WFAE’s investigation, there have been major developments. Linda's story and our findings turned into the podcast, She Says.