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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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A federal appeals court overturns the convictions of former Wilmington Trust executives found guilty of bank fraud and conspiracy.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s sets another record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

State officials report hospitalizations reached 472 Saturday, the second straight day they hit a new high.

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Delaware is seeing more signs of a post-holiday COVID-19 surge.

State officials report COVID-related hospitalizations set another new high Friday, hitting 464 with 62 people considered to be in critical condition.

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A civil suit brought by the families of three firefighters who died in the 2016 Canby Park fire, and several firefighters injured in the blaze appears to be over.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State officials remain concerned a post-holiday COVID surge could be coming to Delaware.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The First State’s COVID-19 are heading in the wrong direction as the first full week of 2021 begins.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Open for a week, the hotel turned emergency shelter in New Castle County is close to taking referrals from the centralized state intake system.

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The latest state revenue estimate offers good news for Delaware.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) continues to see enough positive economic signs to give Gov. John Carney and state lawmakers more to work with when they start crafting the fiscal year 2022 budget.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware gets a slight respite from its rising COVID numbers

State health officials reported just Delaware saw just 484 new cases Saturday.  That leaves the state’s 7-day rolling average for new cases at 741 – its lowest level since December 7th.

Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons

Delaware’s Congressional delegation is among those getting COVID-19 vaccinations.

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester joined Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons in getting doses Saturday.

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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware awards grants to 17 nonprofits.

The social determinants of health grants total more than $1.9 million, and are through Highmark’s donor-advised fund, BluePrints for the Community.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware sees another jump in COVID-related deaths.

State health officials announced another 9 deaths Friday, lifting the state’s death toll to 854. 

COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths keep climbing in the First State.

State health officials report hospitalizations statewide rose to a record-high for a fourth straight day.

COVID-related hospitalizations reach another new high in Delaware.

State health officials report hospitalizations statewide rose to a record 400 Tuesday, with 54 people considered critically.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The First State sees a spike in COVID-related deaths.

State health officials report 10 more people have died, pushing the state’s death toll to 826.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New COVID-19 cases and statewide hospitalizations are up again.

State health officials report Delaware saw 1,001 new cases Sunday, topping 1,000 for the second time in three days. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New COVID-19 cases dipped in Delaware, but hospitalizations were back up.

Health officials report the state recorded 593 new cases Saturdaym down from the record 1,090 Friday. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware set another new single day record for new COVID-19 cases.

Health officials report the state recorded 1,090 new cases Friday.

Delaware’s number of new COVID-19 cases remained below 800 for a second straight day, but hospitalizations are still on the rise.

Health officials say the state recorded 789 new cases Thursday.  That comes after 645 Wednesday, the lowest daily total in a week.

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The U.S. Supreme Court says Delaware’s judicial balance rule can stand. But the plaintiff is not giving up.

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Leadership in the State Senate announced committee assignments for the upcoming General Assembly session.

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Delaware’s Department of Correction says it is starting to see spread of COVID-19 in state’s prison system slow.

The First State is seeing more troubling COVID-19 numbers.

Hospitalizations are now higher than they’ve ever been in Delaware, reaching 338.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware sees new COVID cases, deaths and hospitalizations all rise again.

Public health officials reported 797 new cases Saturday. That’s second only to record 931 cases reported on Thursday. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware sees a dip new COVID cases after back-to-back record setting days.

Public health officials reported the state saw 681 new cases Friday after Delaware recorded 784 on Wednesday and 924 Friday.

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The Milford School District resumes its hybrid learning plan Thursday.

The district paused in person learning Tuesday after this week’s latest Kent County COVID-19 numbers put two of the three indicators the state uses to determine school status in the “red” zone.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

After announcing a single day record for new COVID-19 cases yesterday, Delaware gets a small reprieve Wednesday.

State health officials report Delaware added 353 new cases Tuesday after seeing all-time high 686 Monday.

But Delaware’s other coronavirus numbers are still heading in the wrong direction.

The Capital School District is moving completely back to remote learning starting Tuesday.

Interim superintendent Sylvia Henderson announced the decision early Monday night, saying it is “in the best interest of Capital School District’s families and students.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The First State sees another jump in new COVID-19 cases and virus-related deaths

The 591 cases reported in Delaware Saturday is second only to the 656 reported November 19.

State of Delaware

A key member of Delaware’s COVID-19 response team has tested positive for the virus.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency Director AJ Schall received a positive test result Friday. 

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