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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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Sussex County Council gave its stamp of approval to a FY 2018 Tuesday.

Council voted 4-0 to pass the $143 million spending plan with Councilman Rob Arlett absent.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET Tuesday, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Here is Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

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An effort by First State lawmakers to limit the idling of oil trains passing through the state has been shot down.


A federal appeals court said “no” to a Delaware law created two years ago to reduce noise and air pollution for residents living near oil train lines.

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Former Gov. Jack Markell’s cross-country bike ride begins later this week, and he’s trying to use it to help others get in shape.

Markell is teaming up with Motivate The First State during his trek from Oregon to Delaware – through the ‘Keeping Up with Jack Across America” challenge.

Delawareans’ hoping to cash in on the latest mega Powerball jackpot were disappointed.

After weeks with no winning numbers, one lucky ticket was sold in California Saturday night.

Voters in Colonial School District gave their blessing to a tax referendum Tuesday in a vote that was a drastic turnaround from February’s failed first effort to raise taxes.

Delaware is joining a growing list of states committing to uphold the Paris Climate Accord, despite President Trump’s move last week to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.

Gov. John Carney (D-Delaware) announced Monday he’s signing on to the newly created U.S. Climate Alliance.  Delaware is one of 13 states to join the group.

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The two girls found guilty in connection death of Howard High student Amy-Joyner Francis received their sentences Monday in Wilmington

Jimmie Johnson dominance at D0ver International Speedway continued Sunday as he notched another NASCAR Cup series win in the First State.

But Johnson’s 11th career victory on the Monster Mile wasn’t a pretty one.

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First State motorists are getting a little relief at the gas pump as June gets underway.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average cost of a gallon of regular in Delaware slipped three cents over the past seven days – from $2.36 to $2.33.