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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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.

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Indian River School District’s second attempt to pass a tax referendum is successful.

The district’s plan to add $7.4 million to its operating budget was approved with relative ease – passing by a nearly 1,800 vote margin. The Department of Elections unofficial vote tally had 7,091 people voting for the referendum and 5,298 voting against.

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Indian River School District residents are being asked again to approve a tax referendum.

Last November, a tax hike designed to bring an additional $7.4 million to the district’s operating budget failed by a mere 30 votes.

Residents in the Colonial School District rejected a tax referendum Tuesday.

Voters said “no” to a tax hike of 39.4 cents per $100 of a home's assessed value, phased in over two years.

Voters in the Colonial School District will have their say on a tax referendum Tuesday.


The Colonial School District is seeking a tax hike of 39.4 cents per $100 of a home's assessed value.  The increase would be phased in over two years.


Delawareans’ Powerball dreams burst last night. After weeks with no winning numbers, a lucky ticket was sold in the Hoosier State.


The $403 million jackpot ballooned to $435 million on Wednesday before the evening drawing.

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Gas prices in the First State are starting to rise again.

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

It’s the first rise in prices in five weeks, ending a stretch that saw them fall 22 cents.