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Tom Byrne

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Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three 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. He was named the Delaware Press Association's 2019 Communicator of Achievement in recognition of his work in the First State.

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

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A University of Delaware professor is working to interface the human brain with multiple robots at once.

And for this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino chatted with UD Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Panos Artemiadis about his research known as “brain swarm.”

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Delaware’s COVID State of Emergency officially ended at midnight Tuesday.

Gov. John Carney signed an order lifting the state of emergency Monday afternoon.

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Delaware reaches a major COVID vaccination milestone.

The CDC says 70.1% of residents over 18 have received at least one vaccine dose.

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Legislation seeking to improve mental health services in Delaware schools easily passes in the House.


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Three Wilmington police officers were shot in an incident on North Market Street Wednesday night. 

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NASCAR’s lone race weekend in Dover this year wrapped up Sunday with Alex Bowman winning Cup series “Drydene 400.”

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Voters in school districts across the state went the polls Tuesday for school board elections.  Turnout, as usual, was low as 10 districts had contested races to decide.

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The First State continues efforts to boost its vaccination numbers.

State health officials announce four standing clinics are now open, offering COVID vaccine shots with or without an appointment.

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The First State is mourning the loss of one of its political giants.

Former Governor and Congressman Pete du Pont died Saturday at age 86 after battling a long illness according to his former chief-of-staff Bob Perkins.

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The Blue Hen football team sees its NCAA playoff run come to a screeching halt. 

The Hens fall in the FCS national semifinals with a 33-3 loss to top-seed South Dakota State University on the road – ending their quest to reach the championship game for the first time since 2010.

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Delaware is trying to make progress on vaccine equity, and state officials believe their effort are paying off.


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Delaware’s unemployment rate continues its steady climb upwards.

In March, the state’s jobless rate ticked up for a fifth straight month —this time from 6.3 percent to 6.5 percent.

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Delaware State University is shaking up its athletic department.

In a letter to the university community, DSU president Tony Allen announced Athletic Director Scott Gines is retiring and the school’s men’s and women’s basketball coaches will not return.

Allen said the school needs to "chart a new, bolder path for Delaware State University's athletic future."

"These changes have and will continue to require a healthy debate – nothing great happens without it," Allen wrote in his letter.

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The Blue Rocks are gearing up for their return to the diamond after the 2020 season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And when their 2021 season opens next month, they’ll start the season with limited capacity at Frawley Stadium.

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Delaware is expanding vaccine eligibility again.

Gov. John Carney says starting April 6 all Delawareans 16 and over can register for the state’s vaccination waiting list.

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Residents in the Smyrna School District approved a school tax hike.

Voters backed increases for the district’s operating and capital budgets.

Former Delaware Gov. and Lt. Gov Dale Wolf has died at age 96.

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The year-old COVID-19 pandemic turned more Delawareans into pet owners, or in some cases repeat pet owners.

Pet adoptions are increasing as more people spend time at home.

And in this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Mark Fowser reports the interest in adopting a shelter pet is growing at a good time.

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The Sussex County Vo-Tech School District will stay in remote learning mode a bit longer.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health recommends it stay completely online through next Friday, March 5.

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Wintry weather across the state is prompting several school districts to shift their plans for Thursday.

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In recent weeks, The Green has taken time to highlight work created by student journalists at the high school and college levels.

This week, we return to the University of Delaware where, despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, students continue to do their work telling stories about issues and topics they find interesting and important.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, we highlight pieces produced by UD Communications students covering the pandemic from a student perspective.

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Snow that fell overnight across Delaware morning is causing some schools to change their plans for Thursday.

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The inclement weather forced several school districts to make a decision Sunday night to go ahead and close Monday.

Gov. John Carney’s nearly $4.71 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget plan is a 3.5 percent increase over the current year budget, highlighted by funding for police body cameras, contingencies for COVID costs and a raise for state employees.



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Delaware’s COVID-19 death toll jumped again Saturday.

State health officials announced 9 more deaths,  pushing Delaware’s total 1,036.

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The Delaware Contemporary - like many art institutions – closed for a good part of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, with a new year comes new life, starting with a Winter/Spring Season Series called “Objectifying the Object.”

In this week’s Arts Playlist, the Delaware Contemporary’s executive director Leslie Schaffer joins us to discuss the series and its efforts to present arts during the pandemic.

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Unemployment recipients in Delaware are a step closer to getting a break on their 2020 taxes.


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Delaware’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 5 for a second straight day, hitting 1,026 Wednesday.