Delaware Public Media

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.

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Protestors gathered in Wilmington at Tubman-Garrett park Friday evening to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and protest police brutality.

Christina School District

The Christina School District hired its a new superintendent Thursday.

The Christina School Board voted unanimously to hand the reins to current Capital School District superintendent Dan Shelton.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware announced a double digit rise in COVID-19 related deaths Thursday, while other coronavirus numbers remain low.

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Delaware’s COVID-19 saw small upticks in deaths and new cases Tuesday.

 

State health officials reported 5 new deaths, bringing the state’s death toll since the pandemic began to 373.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden met with about a dozen community leaders in Wilmington Monday.

The meeting at Bethel AME Church came in the wake of protests in Wilmington and around the nation sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware COVID-19 numbers saw little movement Sunday.

 

State health officials reported 5 new deaths, bringing the state’s death toll since the pandemic began to 366. 

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A number of elected officials made their way to Market Street Sunday morning to examine the damage done during Saturday night’s distructive protests.

Gov. John Carney was among them.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Delawareans joined protests across the country Saturday over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New COVID-19 related deaths in the First State fell back into the single digits Saturday.

 

State health officials reported 5 new deaths after 11 were added to the state’s death toll Friday.

A federal judge rejected a pastor request for a temporary restraining order to lift parts of Delaware’s COVID-10 restrictions on communities of worship.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware saw its COVID-19 cases pass 9,000 total Tuesday.

State health officials reported 101 new cases, along with 3 new COVID-19 related deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware reported 6 new COVID-19 related deaths Monday and 156 new cases.

The total number of deaths statewide is now 332.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s COVID-19 numbers are seeing little movement over the Memorial Day weekend.

State health officials reported 2 new COVID-19 related deaths Sunday and 119 new cases. That's after adding 2 deaths and 161 cases Saturday.

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Gov. John Carney is making more changes to his emergency order as the state moves toward Phase 1 of its formal reopening plan.

Carney’s latest update includes new guidance for houses of worship and restaurants.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware reported 2 new COVID-19 related deaths Saturday and 161 new cases.

The total number of deaths statewide is now 324, with that number rising by single digits daily for a full week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The First State heads into the Memorial Day weekend with its daily COVID-19 data continuing to show consistency.

Delaware health officials report a sixth consecutive day of single digit deaths, while hospitalization numbers remain flat.

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Delaware’s budget picture may not be as grim as initially anticipated.

State revenue estimates improved this month as lawmakers get set to begin work on a 2021 spending plan.

 

 

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Delaware’s Department of Correction says a handful of inmates and correctional officers have recently testing positive for COVID-19.

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Delaware’s COVID-19 death toll now tops 300.

State health officals announced seven new deaths announced Monday, bringing the total statewide to 304.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware gets a respite from its rising COVID-19 death toll, while hospitalization dip for a fourth straight day.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware continues to see an noticeable uptick in COVID-19 related deaths

 

State health officials report another 15 fatalities Saturday, lifting the state’s death toll to 286 – with 61 coming over the past five days.

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Delaware’s Department of Correction says two more inmates at Vaughn Correctional Center have died from COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s COVID-19 death toll jumped by 12 Tuesday, pushing the overall number to 237.

This comes after the state reported just a single fatality Monday and 3 on Sunday.

Sophia Schmidt / Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s Department of Correction reports another inmate death related to COVID-19.

81-year-old Jim Hunter, Jr is the latest victim. The Vaughn Correctional Center inmate died Sunday at Bayhealth Hospital. He had multiple underlying conditions in addition to COVID-19.

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Gov. John Carney updated his State of Emergency order again Sunday, addressing issues raised by shutting down schools for the remainder of the academic year.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware saw a small uptick in its COVID-19 numbers Sunday.

State health officials report 3 new deaths, raising the state's death toll to 224. There are also 170 new positive cases, lifting the total since March 11th to 6,447.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Today's new Delaware COVID-19 numbers show 8 new deaths, raising the state's death toll to 221.

The victims' ages ranged from 22 to 103, and the 22-year-old victim is the youngest person to die from COVID-19 so far in the First State.  

 

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Delaware’s Department of Correction announced additional cases of COVID-19 among inmates and correctional officers Friday.

8 more inmates statewide have tested positive for COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware's run of largely good news on COVID-19 cases hit a bump in the road.

After back-to-back days of seeing under 100 new cases, state health officials report 407 Wednesday, giving the state 5,778 since March 11th.

Sophia Schmidt / Delaware Public Media

Delaware is taking an aggressive step to address the spread of COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities statewide.

Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday the state plans to start testing all residents and staff at these facilities for the virus regardless of whether they have symptoms.

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