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 WDDE’s online predecessor, DFM News, overseeing the launch of the news service and guiding its two-year expansion and transition to WDDE News. 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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Photo courtesy: Dover Int'l Speedway

Dover International Speedway is making another significant safety upgrade for its NASCAR races.

Track officials say they are adding approximately 1,800 feet of SAFER barriers to the Monster Mile’s outside walls along the frontstretch and backstretch, including the gates for track entry.

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The Syrian refugee family trying to settle in Delaware has arrived here.

The Jewish Family Services of Delaware and the ACLU of Delaware confirm the family of three reached the First State late Friday night.

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More good news for First State motorists Delaware at the gas pump last week.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average cost of a gallon of regular fell another 4 cents over the past seven days – from $2.22 to $2.18.

That’s the fourth straight week drivers have seen prices drop, and they’ve rolled back 22 in that one month span. reports nearly a dozen stations are charging $2.08 or less – mainly in New Castle and Newark.

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It was another successful year for the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge.

3,602 people rushed into the Atlantic Ocean from Rehoboth Beach Sunday afternoon for 26th annual edition of the event, raising $900,000 for Special Olympics Delaware. That's a record amount of money raised in the organization's biggest fundraiser.

That was also $80,000 more dollars raised and about 100 more participants than a year ago.

The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge has now brought in over $10 million for Special Olympics Delaware in its 26-year history.

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State officials have released a cause of death for the correctional officer killed during a standoff at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center earlier this week.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science completed its autopsy of Sgt. Steven Floyd Friday and are calling his death a homicide by trauma.

The University of Delaware will say goodbye to coaching legend later this year.

UD men’s lacrosse coach Bob Schillinglaw says he’ll retire at the end of the 2017 season after 42 years as a head coach.

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It’s official.  Elena Delle Donne’s local fans will have an easier time seeing the homegrown hoop star play in WNBA starting this season.

A trade sending the University of Delaware alum and 2015 WNBA MVP from the Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics is a done deal.

President Trump was briefly in Delaware Wednesday.

He made an unscheduled trip to Dover Air Force for the return of the remains of the U.S. service member killed in the raid in Yemen.

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Delaware drivers saw another break at the gas pump last week. 

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average cost of a gallon of regular fell another 8 cents over the past seven days – from $2.30 to $2.22.

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Just over a week into his tenure, President Donald Trump is drawing the ire of Delaware’s junior senator.


Since inauguration day, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) has voted against or plans to reject at least four of President Trump’s cabinet picks.