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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Wilmington City Council will vote on a 2016 budget with added spending on public safety later this week.

City Council’s Finance committee released the budget Monday with revisions to Williams’ proposed spending plan – adding over $600,000 to pay for some recommendations made by the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. 

The Dover Police Department is responding to the rash of gun violence in the state capital by bringing back its Street Crimes Unit effective immediately.

The unit – which takes what the department calls an “aggressive, zero-tolerance approach to all criminal acts” - was deployed temporarily last year between late summer and the end of the year to address an uptick in shootings.  During that period, it made several arrests.

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John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, delivered the keynote address at Delaware State University’s 2015 Commencement Sunday.

In addition to speaking to the graduates, Kufuor, the first former head of state to visit the school, also spoke to about 100 people at a town hall on DSU’s Dover campus. 

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Dover police have identified a suspect in Friday’s shooting in the Capital Green neighborhood near Legislative Mall.

25 year old Rakim Strickland of Dover is wanted on first-degree attempted murder and five other charges in connection with the shooting – which took place shortly before 2pm Friday between East Water Street and Sussex Avenue. 

A 19 year old man was found shot in the driver’s seat of a gold Dodge Intrepid. He was taken to Kent General hospital, and then flown to Christiana Hospital.  There’s been no update on his condition.

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The roar of engines could be heard this week at Dover International Speedway, even though NASCAR’S first stop in the First State this year is still two weeks away.

About a dozen Sprint Cup drivers hit the Monster Mile over the past three days for testing sessions on the track.

DuPont has won a proxy battle over spots on its Board of Directors.

The company confirmed Wednesday its full slate of 12 board nominees has been elected by shareholders at its annual meeting.

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For the first time in over a month, Delaware drivers did not have to dig deeper into their wallets at the gas pump.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average price for a gallon of regular in First State remained unchanged last week – holding steady at $2.60.

And that price is still a dollar less than what Delaware drivers were paying a year ago at $3.60.

Delawaregasprices.com reports there are just under a dozen stations selling a gallon of regular for $2.53 or slightly less  – mostly in New Castle County.

The Delaware State University Board of Trustees decided to raise the school’s tuition next school year.

 

The three percent increase means in-state tuition will rise by almost $200 a year, while out-of-state students will pay an extra $445 a year. There is no increase in housing costs for the 2015-2016 school year.

It’s DSU’s first tuition increase in three years.

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Four former high-ranking Wilmington Trust executives face federal fraud charges that they intentionally masked the extent of the bank’s troubled loans during the financial crisis.

The allegations came Wednesday in a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint filed in federal district court in Wilmington.

For a second straight year, Milford School District failed to garner support for a plan to pay for new school construction and increase operating funds.

Voters Tuesday rejected a referendum that sought a tax hike to help build a new high school and bolster its operating budget.

The preliminary vote was 2,074 to 1,760 against the referendum that would have raised the district’s $20.7 million share of a new $69 million, 1,400 student high school and added $3 million annually in new operating funds.

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