WFAE's Michael Tomsic Selected for National Investigative Reporting Workshop

Michael Tomsic will participate in the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) program, "Follow the Money: Fraud and the Affordable Care Act" in June. During this four-day workshop at Boston University, Tomsic will receive training from award-winning journalists from across the country on where to look for fraud connected to the Affordable Care Act, how to uncover it, and how to present the findings in an understandable way.

“Health care is difficult to cover in part because it involves so much wonky gobbledygook and partisan spin that’s so prevalent in the debate over the Affordable Care Act,” says WFAE News Director Greg Collard. “Michael excels at covering health care from the perspective of policy makers, providers and patients, so I’m not surprised that he was selected for this workshop. He will return more informed and better trained to produce stories that serve our audience.”

According to the NECIR web site, "Obamacare is destined to be THE major story of 2014 and one of the major issues of the mid-term elections. With trillions of taxpayer dollars at stake it's imperative for journalists to approach this topic with a watchdog mentality. Understanding where fraud might occur and how to uncover it within a very complex program requires specialized training. Reporters need to understand how insurance companies can manipulate the system for their own benefit, how individuals can scam the system, the limitations of government oversight, which documents will be crucial to investigating fraud in the program, how to analyze documents, and much more." 

Tomsic's health care coverage at WFAE has included a three-part series on drug shortages in hospitals. He's also led the station's coverage of the Affordable Care Act, with an emphasis on turning the complex law into plain English. He's reported on how North Carolina's leaders, insurers and residents have dealt with the changes, including a story in which he followed two young North Carolinians over the past seven months as they tried to navigate the online insurance exchange that's part of the law.

NECIR is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University and at the studios of WGBH News. Its mission is to ensure the survival of serious in-depth investigative journalism that provides citizens with the critical information they need to hold the powerful accountable. The "Follow the Money" workshop is funded by a grant from The McCormick Foundation.