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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An effort to give two Mecklenburg County towns authority to start their own charter schools could be expanding. Huntersville commissioners Monday evening will discuss House Bill 514, which currently applies only to Matthews and Mint Hill.  

Charlotte Symphony

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in May, Charlotte Symphony-goers will recognize a familiar figure in the chapel. Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the wedding ceremony orchestra, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday.

A riot at Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville resulted in the deaths of seven inmates.
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It appears that gang battles over money and territory were behind the rioting that left seven inmates dead and at least 17 others injured Sunday night at a prison east of Columbia, South Carolina Prisons Director Bryan Stirling said. He said cell phones, snuck into the prison, helped stir up the trouble at the maximum-security Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina.


A proposed Historic Landmark designation for the old Wilmore Elementary School is again on the agenda for Charlotte City Council members Monday night.  A public hearing on the proposal has been delayed twice.  

National Weather Service

Updated at 4 p.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm warning for Mecklenburg and surrounding counties until 4:30 p.m.. on Sunday. 


Police arrested two people following a high-speed chase that started in northwest Charlotte and ended in Gaston County Wednesday afternoon.  The two people taken into custody are the suspects in a shooting of a man and a pregnant woman that occurred earlier that day on Effingham Road, police said in a statement. 

Charlotte skyline at dusk
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Charlotte residents can add their voices to the city’s ongoing discussions about affordable housing during Monday's City Council meeting.  

Charlotte skyline
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There were 12 murders in Charlotte from January through March of this year, compared to 21 homicides during the first three months of last year. 

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the fatal police shooting of a man on Friday night northeast of downtown in Winston-Salem.

By 2025, it’s projected that one in five North Carolinians will be age 65 or older. WFAE is looking for people who are currently exploring their options for senior care in the Charlotte region.