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.

Ways to Connect

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The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge enjoyed another successful year raising money for Special Olympics Delaware.

Just over 3,300 people rushed into the Atlantic Ocean from Rehoboth Beach Sunday afternoon for 27th annual edition of the event, bringing in over $ 875,000 .

In a political climate that has become increasingly fractured and divisive, politicians at times seem more like partisan caricatures rather public servants

But a former State Senate candidate here in the First State is trying to get beyond the rhetoric to learn more about people holding political office around the country, telling their stories rather than delving into their positions on policy.

Last fall, James Spadola, an Iraq War vet and former Newark policeman, launched Elected Officials of America with the goal of interviewing lawmakers, largely unheralded ones, in all 50 states about why they pursued politics and the adversity many overcame to reach office. 

In this week’s Enlighten Me, we sat down with Spadola to chat about his podcast.


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DuPont is being hit with penalties for improperly handling hazardous waste at the DuPont Experimental Station near Wilmington.

DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin has issued a nearly $57,000 fine for three violations.

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First State motorists aren’t seeing any relief at the gas pump this month.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average cost of a gallon of regular statewide stands at $2.51.  That’s up 3 cents from a week ago and 8 cents since the start of the month.

The initial response to Gov. Carney’s 2019 budget proposal from GOP lawmakers is largely positive.


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A severe flu season continues to take its toll in the First State.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health is reporting the state’s third flu related death this season – and the first downstate.

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Construction of the new U.S. 301 toll road is making progress.

DelDOT says one piece of the 14-mile project is about to be finished earlier than planned.

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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 that doesn’t mean Carney will get widespread support for them.

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Local arts groups are making the case Delaware gets its money’s worth from arts funding.

The Delaware Arts Alliance presented Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long and lawmakers results of a new study detailing the economic impact of the arts in the First State.

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Earlier this month, Delaware announced it intends to sue the EPA over its lack of action to help curb emissions at power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia it claims are creating pollution that’s drifting here.

And while the state says those type of emissions are responsible for 90 percent of the ozone in Delaware – DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin concedes the state can still work to cut emissions in other ways, especially in the area of transportation.

One way the First State has been doing that is with its DART bus fleet.  Federal funds are paying for 16 electric busses it expects to have on the road by summer 2019.

DART is also switching paratransit busses to propane with the goal of operating 130 of them – or half its fleet - this year after a two-year pilot program.

We recently chatted with DART CEO John Sisson about these changes to renewable fueled vehicles.


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