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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The ballot is set for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The race includes a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary, which will be held just over eight weeks from now.


St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday and Spring is just around the corner, inspiring this weekend’s entertainment options in Charlotte. Andy Smith, arts and culture editor for Charlotte Magazine, joined WFAE’s Mark Rumsey to talk art galleries, St. Paddy’s Day and where to enjoy a green river.


Filing begins at 8 a.m. Monday for the new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. 

The State Board of Elections last month ordered a new election in the 9th district after investigators found evidence of election fraud in last November’s general election.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting that took place late Saturday night northwest of uptown.

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Among the entertainment options for Charlotteans this weekend, are events in honor of Women’s History Month. One includes an author talk that dives into social issues impacting women today.

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It’s not often that we pay attention to an NBA player who averages 4.4 points a game, but the Charlotte Hornets’ Dwayne Bacon has stood out to us this season.

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The basketball spotlight returns to Charlotte this week, as the city hosts the CIAA tournament.  


It’s our regular Thursday segment on the weekend entertainment scene around Charlotte. We’re in a very short lull between the NBA All-Star Game and next week’s CIAA tournament in Charlotte to be followed by the ACC Men’s basketball tournament next month! This weekend, you might want to make a “fast break” for one or more arts-related events around town.  

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Now that there will be a new election in the North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, state Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin is curious if the Republican Party will stand by Mark Harris. Goodwin spoke to WFAE's All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey shortly after the state Board of Elections ordered a new election.

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Despite a less-than-stellar performance from Mother Nature, Charlotte appeared to pull off the long weekend of uptown events for the NBA All-Star game without any huge hitches. Charlotte business and tourism leaders will now go about the more-detailed work of sizing-up the city’s All-Star success.

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A proposal that goes before Charlotte City Council members Monday evening would give historic landmark status to the former home of Reginald Armistice Hawkins. Hawkins, a Charlottean and a Civil Rights pioneer, helped desegregate Charlotte's airport, restaurants and schools.  

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The NBA’s All-Stars and thousands of their fans are descending on Charlotte for activities surrounding Sunday’s game at the Spectrum Center. More than 150 All-Star related events are on the calendar locally over the next few days.

A judge in Salisbury Thursday tentatively scheduled the trial date for Casey Parsons, the adoptive mother of teenage murder victim Erica Parsons, for April 2020.

Erica Parson's remains were found in Chesterfield, South Carolina, on the Parson's family property in September 2016. The autopsy could not determine how Erica was killed but it showed signs of abuse.

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A weekend from now, there'll be a lot of buzz around Charlotte with the NBA All-Star game taking place. But it's no reason to sit around this weekend and do nothing — unless you just want to. There are some interesting things on the calendar for entertainment in Charlotte this weekend and Ryan Pitkin, editor-in-chief of Queen City nerve, talked with "All Things Considered" host Mark Rumsey about them.

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Charlotte takes a turn in the national sports spotlight this month as the city hosts the NBA All-Star game on Sunday, Feb 17. As many as 150,000 visitors are expected to converge on uptown and other local venues for a flurry of events over the three-day weekend.

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For more than 30 years the organization once known as Mecklenburg Ministries has been working to promote interfaith understanding and community relations in the Charlotte area. Today the group goes simply by the name Meck Min, or officially Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Network.

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North Carolina auto insurers are asking for a statewide average rate increase of nearly 23 percent in liability insurance rates for private, passenger vehicles.  The North Carolina Rate Bureau – which represents insurance companies – made its request to the state insurance department Friday. 

CATS lost about $3.2 million in state funding for public transit in the new state budget.

The Charlotte Area Transit System Monday is implementing changes on several of its bus routes. For example, the Route 3 bus in north Charlotte will now give riders a direct connection to the LYNX Blue Line 36th Street Station.

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Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

"Nina Simone: Four Women" presented by the Actors Theatre of Charlotte is one of the entertainment options available around Charlotte this weekend. And it leads off our conversation as we debut a weekly segment on local entertainment that will air Thursday afternoons during All Things Considered on WFAE from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. 

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The Charlotte-area transit system is busy these days planning for the region’s mass transit future. Last week, CATS unveiled updates to its 2030 transit plan, including the proposed development of new rail lines to points north, south, east and west across Charlotte-Mecklenburg.