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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Those out on the road this 4th of July weekend are finding lower gas prices in the First State.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average price for a gallon of regular fell two cents over the past seven days – from $2.17 to  $2.15. 

The price at the pump has fallen 10 cents over the past three weeks leaving the price 52 cents below the $2.67 Delaware drivers were paying this time last year.

According to –just over a half dozen stations around the state are offering a gallon of gas at $2.06 or less, mostly in the New Castle County.

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Many towns around the First State hold Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks shows. Here's a list of where you can find them with links to more information and times that fireworks are scheduled to start:

The Mega Millions jackpot is now one of the largest that lottery game has ever seen.

No one matched the winning numbers – 15, 17, 20, 35, 55 and the Mega ball 7 – in Friday night’s drawing.  That pushes the prize to $449 million for the next drawing Tuesday night.

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In addition to barbeques and fireworks, the 4th of July weekend is also about history, specifically the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and more broadly the Revolutionary War.

The focus this weekend is largely on Philadelphia, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and did much of the work to create the United States.  But there is also some of this Revolutionary War-era history to be found here in our own backyard.

One such place is the First State Heritage Park in Dover and for this week’s Enlighten Me, we sat down with Park Superintendent Sarah Zimmerman to learn more about what you can find there.

Lottery players have a chance to add a pair of huge jackpots to their 4th of July weekend fireworks and barbecues.  


Both the Mega Millions and Powerball prizes are well above $200 million.

There was no winner Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, so the jackpot there is now over $400 million.

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Dover native Madison Brengle made an early exit in women's singles action at Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old dropped her first round match in the year’s third Grand Slam event – losing to Japan’s Kurumi Nara in three sets.

Brengle, ranked 58th in the world, dropped the first set 6-2, won the second 7-6, but lost the final set 6-3.

Delawareans will have a couple of opportunities to win big this week.

Both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are now worth over 200 million dollars.

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Gas prices continue to trend downward in Delaware.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average price for a gallon of regular fell three cents over the past seven days – from $2.20 to  $2.17. 

The eight-cent drop over the past two weeks - leaves the price 54 cents below the $2.71 Delaware drivers were paying a year ago.

According to –over a dozen stations around the state are offering a gallon of gas at $2.09 or less --- mostly in the New Castle County or the Dover area.

The Green - June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

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