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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The Blue Rocks are the 2019 Carolina League champs.

The Rocks won the fifth and deciding game in the Mills Cup final 2-0 in Fayetteville to win their first league title since 1999.

The Blue Rocks have forced a fifth and deciding game in the Mills Cup Carolina League Championship.

The Rocks shut down the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 2-0 Friday night in Game 4 of the best of five series – evening the series at 2 wins apiece.

The Blue Rocks find their backs against the wall in the Mills Cup Carolina League Championship.

The Blue Rocks drew even with Fayetteville in the Mills Cup Carolina League Championship Wednesday night.

The Blue Rocks fall short in Game 1 of the Mills Cup Carolina League Tuesday night.

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers edged the Rocks 3-1 at Frawley Stadium to take the opener of the best of five series.

The Blue Rocks make their first appearance in the Mills Cup Carolina League Championship series since 2015 Tuesday night.

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Delaware State University’s first female president is stepping down.

Wilma Mishoe announced she intends to retire in a video released by the school Wednesday night.  She said she'll leave office on Dec 31, 2019. Provost Tony Allen will take over as president Jan. 1.

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Hurricane Dorian is working its way across the Atlantic with Florida in its sights.

And some Delmarva Power employees will spend the holiday weekend heading south to help once the storm hits.

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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee recently unveiled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act.

Sen. Tom Carper is the top Democrat on that committee and co-authored the bill, if passed would green light spending $287 billion over five years on efforts to maintain and repair the nation’s roads and bridges – and more.

Earlier this week, Sen. Carper toured the state highlighting what the bill could mean for the First State. specifically infrastructure vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. And he also stopped The Green to discuss the bill and some other topics.

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A Revolutionary War-era flag from the First State and the man who captured it are having a reunion of sorts.

The flag is a Delaware militia flag that’s in the Delaware Historical Society’s collection.  The man is William Dansey, a British Army officer, who captured that flag 242 years ago in September 1777 during fighting in the area shortly before Battle of Brandywine. 

Dansey is obviously not showing up in person, but his portrait  - on loan from the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Museum in Halifax, England - is here, making its first ever appearance in the U.S.

The two are on display together at the Delaware Historical Society until Sept. 7 before heading to the Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution to be part of its Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier exhibition that opens Sept. 28th and runs through March.

In this week’s Enlighten Me – Delaware Public Media's Tom Byrne sits down with Delaware Historical Society chief curator Leigh Rifenburg to discuss this unique pairing.