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Tom Byrne

News Director

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for more than two decades. He joined Delaware First Media in 2010 as news director for Delaware Public Media’s online predecessor, DFM News, overseeing the launch of the news service and guiding its two-year expansion and transition to Delaware Public Media. He leads Delaware Public Media’s reporting, editing, and on-air staff and is responsible for daily news operations and coverage decisions.

A Philadelphia native, Tom was the sports director at WNBI-AM/FM in Park Falls, Wis., before moving to Delaware in 1990. For the next 20 years he worked as sports editor and anchor at WILM Newsradio in Wilmington and served as a reporter, producer, sports editor, anchor, and host for WHYY-TV news programs in Delaware.

Tom’s work has been honored by the Delaware Press Association, the Associated Press, the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Federation of Press Women.

When he’s not in the office, Tom can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.

Ways to Connect

Wings of Rescue

The Brandywine Valley SPCA is bringing 30 dogs impacted by recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico to our area.

Brandywine Valley SPCA is working with Wings of Rescue, Greater Good and the Sato Project to airlift the dogs out of Puerto Rico.


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Another part of the “Collecting Wilmington: Place, Perspective & Memory” exhibition is now on display.

The exhibition features the sprawling collection of Paul Preston Davis - a retired Delmarva Power executive who spent over four decades gathering Wilmington-centric items -- everything from rare business trade cards, photography and African Americana to rare print materials, and commemorative objects.

“Collecting Wilmington” is rolling out in 5 parts. This week, the third piece was unveiled – featuring sheet music in the collection.  We talk to Delaware Historical Society Chief Curator Leigh Rifenburg to learn more about it.


Brian Cunningham / New Castle County executive's office

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer launched his re-election campaign Friday, offically filing to run for a second term.

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Delaware gives grants totaling $1.1 million to eight groups fighting the opioid crisis locally.

The grants will allow recipients to expand their services.


Dover’s incoming police chief says he’s looking forward to tackling public safety in the First State’s capital city.

Mayor Robin Christiansen officially introduced Captain Tom Johnson as the city’s new top cop Tuesday afternoon.

A pair of annual holiday basketball tournaments showcasing top high school talent from the First Stae and beyond return this weekend.

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Gov. John Carney and state lawmakers get an early Christmas gift - additional money for the fiscal year 2021 budget.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) bumped up revenue estimates from its last forecast in September, adding another $200 million to the state’s bottom line.

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Voters in the Appoquinimink School District approved raising taxes to address the growing district’s needs Tuesday

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U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case involving Delaware’s judicial balance requirement. 

The Court announced Friday it accepted Gov. John Carney’s petition to review the federal appeals court decision affirming a lower court ruling that the requirement is unconstitutional. 

High school football champs were crowned Saturday at Delaware Stadium - with Hodgson and Howard taking home the titles.