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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City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Council members will vote Monday night on a budget that boosts salaries for police officers and firefighters. The $2.6 billion budget would also increase Charlotte’s property tax rate for the first time in five years.   

GoFundMe for the Self family

A town hall meeting on ending the stigma about mental illness will be held Thursday evening in Gastonia. The event follows the tragedy last month in Bessemer City, where Roger Self drove his car into a restaurant, killing his daughter Katelyn Self and daughter-in-law Amanda Self. Other family members including Roger Self's wife were injured.

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Funding for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and a possible property tax increase are among the items likely to generate comments Monday evening during a public hearing on the proposed Mecklenburg County budget.

Flooding at Carrier Park in west Asheville Wednesday morning.
Jason Garris / Twitter

Mudslides and flooding, triggered by several days of rain and remnants of tropical storm Alberto, caused havoc in several western North Carolina counties.

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For members of a Gaston County church and surrounding communities, Sunday marked an initial week of grieving and trying to come to grips with an unthinkable tragedy. 

CHARMECK.ORG

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will present her budget recommendations for the coming year to county commissioners Tuesday.  This year’s county budget process comes at a time when funding for public education is in the spotlight. 

Charlotte School of Law

The Charlotte School of Law has filed a federal court lawsuit against the American Bar Association, arguing that the Association acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” against the now-closed school.

JOSH STEIN

North Carolina is among six states filing lawsuits today against drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing that helped fuel the opioid crisis.

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Charlotte residents will have a chance to comment Monday evening on a proposed city budget that would boost police pay and raise the property tax rate in the coming year.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
Mark Thomas

NASCAR could go up for sale, according to a Reuters report.  The report says that the France family, which owns the majority of NASCAR, is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs to explore options.

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