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Tom Byrne

News Director

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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The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council offers its initial look at the state’s financial health for the 2022 budget cycle.

And it offers a slightly rosier outlook.


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Delaware recently received the okay to extend Pandemic-EBT benefits to feed children during the COVD-19 pandemic.


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The new U.S. Supreme Court term opens Monday with Delaware on the docket.  


The nation’s highest court will hear oral arguments in Carney v. Adams - the case involving Delaware’s judicial balance requirement. 


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Delaware saw another week of concerning COVID-19 case numbers. 

Eleven Delawareans died of complications from the virus, lifting the state’s death toll to 642. 

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The First State is seeing new COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health says it is looking into a surge in cases at several facilities and highlighted three in particular.

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The Delaware Republican party faces calls from both sides of the aisle to distance itself from its candidate for U.S. Senate, Lauren Witzke.

Those calls follow social media posts from Witzke Friday night in the wake of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Changes are coming to the Delaware General Assembly based on Tuesday’ sprimary results.

Four Democratic incumbents, including the top Democrat in the State Senate, were defeated by Progressive challengers.

Listen to this edition of The Green or individual segments below:

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Candidate Conversations are part of Delaware Public Media’s 2020 Election coverage, and the Delaware Debates we are producing again this fall with the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication.

Among the races we are examining is the race for Insurance Commissioner– and in this interview, Democrat  Kayode Abegunde.

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Kevin Harvick grabbed second half of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup series doubleheader at Dover International Speedway Sunday.

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Denny Hamlin finally found a way to tame the Monster Mile.

Hamlin earned his first career Cup Series win at Dover International Speedway, taking Saturday's "Drydene 311" - the first half of a Cup Series doubleheader in Dover this weekend.

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

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The National Weather Service says last week’s tropical storm is now responsible for three tornadoes in the First State.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly confirms the Milford-area also experienced an EF-1 tornado last Tuesday.

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The National Weather Service confirms Friday’s severe weather in and around Wilmington did spawn the state’s third tornado in a week.

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The National Weather Service says a second tornado did touch down in First State during Tuesday’s tropical storm.

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Delaware’s COVID-19 numbers remain fairly flat.

Public health officials report only 3 new deaths since last Friday, lifting the state’s death toll to 588.

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Delaware’s Department of Correction announced a COVID-19 related inmate death Wednesday.

71 year-old Jackie Lovett died at Bayhealth Hospital in Kent County from complications from hypothyroidism and COVID.

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It appears Tropical Storm Isaias may be responsible for at least one death in the First State.

Delaware State Police said Tuesday they are investigating the death of a Milford-area woman they believe is storm-related.

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Tropical Storm Isaias dumped most of its rain on Northern New Castle County Tuesday.

The Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) reports Claymont had the most rain – 6.72 inches.  Hockessin was second with 5.66 inches.

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Power outages remain a major issue in the First State, even after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the area.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to date in Delaware passed the 15,000 mark, while the number of hospitalizations dropped to the lowest point since March.

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The First State is mourning the death of the first woman to lead the Delaware National Guard.

Major General Carol Timmons died Sunday at the age of 62.

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Slots on school boards in districts across the state were decided Tuesday.

The University of Delaware is the latest to pass on trying to play fall sports in 2020.

UD announced Friday that it is suspending all fall competition, including football.

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Delaware State University plans to reopen, but its students-athletes will not have any games or competitions to look forward to when the school year starts.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference voted to suspend all fall competition in 2020, citing escalating COVID-19 cases in many areas where student-athletes from member schools reside. 

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Delaware’s COVID-19 case total is nearing 13,000, but its new case numbers are low enough to get off quarantine lists in multiple states.

New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut are no longer asking visitors from the First State to quarantine for 14 days.


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The University of Delaware’s Class of 2020 will wait even longer for its official commencement ceremony.

The school announced Monday it is postponing that ceremony and related events until next year.

UD President Dennis Assani told this year’s graduates in a letter that the university tenatively plans to hold their commencement June 2-4, 2021 - ahead of the school’s annual Alumni Weekend .

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Delaware’s Department of Correction now has a better idea of how widespread the COVID-19 outbreak is at at the Sussex Correctional Institution.


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Delaware continues to see its number of new COVID-19 cases tick down slightly.

State health officials reported 75 new cases Monday, pushing the First State’s total to date to 12,879.  65 of those new positive tests were from Sunday.

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Delaware’s number of new COVID-19 cases remained below 100 Sunday.

State health officials reported 93 new cases Saturday, pushing the First State’s total to date to 12,804.