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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The Freeman Stage at Bayside has finalized its 2017 summer line-up.

The Selbyville venue’s 10th season offers a wide-ranging roster of 55 events, topped by bevy of national acts.

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Flu season in Delaware shows no signs of letting up, with state health officials is reporting three more deaths associated with the flu.

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Students at many New Castle County schools will be heading in late Wednesday.

Brandywine, Christina, Colonial and Red Clay school districts will open two hours late.

Most of the First State is seeing rain as the nor’easter moves across Delaware – but in NCCo a windy mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow is making for a miserable day.

A nor’easter is making its way through the First State, but the kind of precipitation Delaware is getting is a bit different than initially forecast.

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First State drivers saw another slight increase at the gas pump last week

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average cost of a gallon of regular rose two cents over the past seven days – from $2.22 to $2.24.

The price is now up six cents over the past month.

But you can still find some significantly lower prices around New Castle County where reports nearly a dozen stations are charging $2.09 or less.  


AARP’s Vice President of State Advocacy Elaine Ryan visited Wilmington Friday to discuss family caregiving issues in Delaware following passage of the CARE Act last year to address some of those issues.

But this week AARP also joined the list of critics of the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act - voicing concerns about planned changes to Medicaid and the age-rating provision it says will raise insurances costs for those between 50-64.

Delaware Public Media's Tom Byrne talked to Ryan about both topics.

The University of Delaware is one and done in the Colonial Athletic Association’s women’s basketball tournament at James Madison University.

The Blue Hens fell to William and Mary 59-44 in the CAA  quarterfinals.

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Delaware State was dismissed quickly from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bethune-Cookman ousted the Hornets Tuesday,  downing DSU 69-62 in the MEAC tourney’s opening round.

Down 10 – 44-34 – in the second half, Del State rallied to tie the game at 50 with just over 5 minutes left.  But Bethune-Cookman responded with a 13-3 run to pull away for good.

Brandon Tabb led the Wildcats with a game-high 21 points. DeVaughn Mallory scored a  the Hornets with 16 points

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Gas prices in Delaware continue to inch upward.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average cost of a gallon of regular rose by a penny over the past seven days – from $2.21 to $2.22.