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 Delaware Sports Hall of Fame will add 10 new members later this spring

Hall officials announced unveiled the Class of 2015 Monday.

The list of inductees includes two legendary First State high school football coaches - Saint Elizabeth’s Joe Hemphill and Wilmington Friends’ Bob Tattersall. 

Hemphill guided Saint E’s to 3 Division Two state titles during a 42-year tenure that ended in when he retired in 2013.  Tattersall just completed his 47th season at Friends and is among the all-time winningest coaches in state history.

DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff says Friday morning’s commute will be rough because of Thursday's heavy snow accumulation and Thursday night’s cold temperatures.

Many Delaware roads remain snow covered or snow packed Friday despite DelDOT's crews work overnight statewide.
Very low temperatures and packed snow and ice have made it much more difficult to plow.

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Ken Branner will remain Middletown’s mayor.  

Voters convincingly gave the 68 year-old Branner a 14th term Monday.  Branner defeated a pair of challengers, 18 year-old University of Delaware student Shlok Desai and 48 year-old Sanjay Patel, earning 940 of 1,176 votes cast.  Branner was first elected mayor in 1989.

In Town Council races, incumbents Jason Faulkner and Andrew Chas won re-election to two-year terms.  Howard Young Jr. won his first two year term on council.

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