Delaware Public Media

Tony Gorman

Managing Editor/Reporter

Tony Gorman comes to Delaware Public Media from WABE in Atlanta.

He spent most of his journalism career as a reporter, news director, general manager, and occasional heavy metal host at various public media stations in Alaska. He also covered sports for The Valdez Star.

Tony has been honored by the Alaska Press Club and the Radio and Television Digital News Association. He was a member of the Alaska Press Club board. His work has been featured on the APRN, NPR, National Native News, and cnn.com.

The Mississippi native is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ohio University and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. During his time in Atlanta, he worked as a fan ambassador and lead tour guide at the College Football Hall of Fame. When he’s not in the newsroom, you can find Tony cheering on his various sports teams or looking for a good game of UNO.

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COVID-19 related deaths in the First State jumped by double digits Friday. It's the first time the state has seen more than ten deaths on a single day in nearly two weeks. 

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New Delaware unemployment claims have now reached six figures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

The State Labor Department says it received 4,651 first-time unemployment claims last week pushing the total number of initial claims filed in Delaware since March 15th over 100 thousand.

 

 

Delaware’s legislative branch is back up and running again.  The State Senate voted 17-4 Wednesday to approve rules for working online for the rest of the session.

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ACLU of Delaware’s new executive director wants to improve voter rights in the First State.  Mike Brickner comes to the First State after leading All Voting is Local’s Ohio office for the past two years.

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The Delaware General Assembly is getting back to work.  The House voted 39-2 Tuesday via Zoom to reconvene and continue business virtually for now.    

Gov. John Carney feels good about moving forward with Delaware’s rolling reopening. 

Carney toured the state’s beach towns Monday and said he liked what he saw in places like Rehoboth Beach,  adding Delaware appeared to fare better than New Jersey and Maryland.

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Delaware’s Dept. of Agriculture expects the state’s U-Pick farms to remain busy this summer despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

That prompted it to issue safety guidelines for these popular destinations.

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It will be another three weeks before live horse racing at Delaware Park gets out the gates.  Officials pushed back the season’s Opening Day to June 17th reducing the season by 20 days this year.

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Unemployment claims in the First State were up slightly last week after steadily falling for the previous six weeks.

The Delaware Labor Department says 5,584 first-time claims were filed by the end of last week.  That’s 387 more than the previous week.

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Current hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Delaware fell to their lowest point in more than a month as deaths stayed in the single digits for the fourth straight day.

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Delaware State University students can return to campus starting next week to gather their belongings from the dorms.  It’s their first time back since campus closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live cash toll lanes return to the Delaware Memorial Bridge in time for the unofficial start of summer. 

The Delaware River and Bay Authority resumes live collections on the bridge Thursday just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. 

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Delaware State University’s Class of 2020 couldn’t receive their degrees in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, that didn’t stop the largest graduating class in school history from celebrating in a big way during a virtual commencement Saturday.

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The Delaware General Assembly plans to return to work in a few weeks.

 

House Speaker Pete Schwarzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and State Senate President Pro Temp David McBride (D-Hawk's Nest) announced Thursday it will being conducting business virtually later this month.

 

They’ll meet via Zoom meetings.  The public and media will be able to watch through multiple platforms, including YouTube and Facebook.

 

The Blood Bank of Delmarva hopes to replenish its blood supply as hospitals slowly resume more regular operations.

The regional blood bank says reserves are dangerously low and is actively seeking donors.

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COVID-19 related deaths rose by double digits again Wednesday, and cases to date are closing in on 7,000.

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Delaware is getting its share of loans from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program during its second round.

More than 5,600 applications totaling for nearly $400 million were approved in the latest round of funding as of May 1st.  That puts 45th among states which SBA Delaware District Director John Fleming said is in line with the state’s population.

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Delaware's beach towns are trying to get a feel for how to navigate reopening their biggest draw.  

For now, Lewes and Dewey Beach are limiting beach activity to exercising and dog walking, in line with Gov. Carney’s emergency order. 

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Delawareans have another way to report domestic violence and child abuse while following the state’s stay-at-home order.

The state Department of Justice recently offered more than 100 prepaid phones to survivors with text and data.

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A new condition afflicting children believed to be linked to COVID-19 has shown up in Delaware.  Doctors believe Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome is linked to COVID-19, but stress it is extremely rare.

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Free access to state parks and beaches ends this week.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Wednesday that passes once again must be purchased to gain access starting Friday.

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Delaware is still shedding jobs, but the rate continues to slow substantially. Unemployment claims fell for a fifth straight week.

The State Labor Department says 6,183 initial claims were filed last week. 

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Gov. John Carney’s decision to reopen part of the state’s economy is good news for many businesses. 

Department, clothing, and sporting goods stores as well as hairdressers are among those allowed to open their doors to offer limited services.

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Frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic are getting another sky-high salute - this time from Dover Air Force Base.  A C-17 Fly-by throughout the state is planned Wednesday to show appreciation for those on the forefront of the crisis.

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Delaware State University is bringing star power to its virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020.

The online graduation celebration Saturday, May 16th will now feature former Vice-President and presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, as well as the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson - a Milton, Delaware native.

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Delaware small businesses are seeing better results during the second round of the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program.

As of May 1st, SBA reports more than sixty percent of applications were approved during this round.  More than $366 million dollars has gone to Delaware businesses through over 4,800 loans.

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Delaware saw a small increase in COVID-19 cases Monday while hospitalizations continue to drop.

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Some of the world's best youth softball teams are not coming to Sussex County this summer.

Little League International canceled the 2020 Senior League Softball World Series scheduled for Roxana, Delaware, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some First State Republicans are urging Gov. John Carney to reopen the economy immediately

 

Delaware House Republicans and the Delaware GOP Party chair issued letters Thursday demanding Carney move now, citing concerns over small businesses.

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Delaware’s economy is still shedding jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rate continues to slow.

First time unemployment claims in the First State dropped for a fourth straight week.

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