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 first part of a 1-2 punch of winter weather is making a mess of the morning commute in the northern and central parts of the First State.

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The 2019 Academy Awards will be handed out later this month.  The Oscars are an annual reminder of just how big a part movies play in our nation’s cultural life.

But the way we experience movies today is far different that it used to be – a fact driven home by a new book entitled “ Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware.”

It’s author, Micheal Nazarewycz, digs deep into the history of the places we’ve watched films in the First State and chronicles the changes they gone through over the years.

And in this week’s Enlighten Me, he joins Delaware Public Media's Tom Byrne to discuss it.

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Delaware’s senior Senator says President Trump’s State of the Union Tuesday night was largely what he expected.

Sen. Tom Carper says most of what the President said was “what we’ve heard before,” but he did take issue with a number of things Trump discussed.

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Voters in the Indian River School District rejected both pieces of a tax referendum Tuesday.

Croda, Inc.

The company responsible for a chemical leak that closed the Delaware Memorial Bridge last November is paying compensation for that incident.  

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The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge had a “Super Sunday” raising money for Special Olympics Delaware.

More than 3,500 people rushed into the Atlantic Ocean from Rehoboth Beach Sunday afternoon for the 28th annual edition of the event,  bringing in over $906,000.

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Thursday’s anticipated frigid temperatures are prompting some schools to delay opening.

In New Castle County, the Appoquinimink, Brandywine, and Red Clay School Districts will all open two hours late Thursday morning. The Christina and Colonial School Districts are closed with offices opening 2 hours late.

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Gov. Carney’s 2020 budget proposal is finding initial support from some GOP lawmakers.

Carney’s commitment to budget smoothing is among the things drawing praise from Republicans.

Unemployment in the First State dipped again in December.

The State Department of Labor says Delaware’s jobless rate slipped another tenth of a point last month, falling from 3.8 to 3.7%.

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle found things to like in Gov. Carney’s State of the State address, but some issues raised by the governor created potential legislative battlegrounds.