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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Some of the top members of Liberia’s legal community are in First State to learn more about how the law and courts operate here.Members of Liberian Supreme Court and the country’s solicitor general are among those spending four days studying Delaware and U.S. federal courts.

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Classes at Wesley College begin Monday and the new academic year opens with a new president guiding the school.

Robert Clark took over as Wesley’s 17th president last month. Clark, a former Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S Naval Academy, replaces Dr. William N. Johnston who retired at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.

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Chemours is shuttering its manufacturing plant in North Wilmington.

The company announced Thursday that it will close its Edge Moor facility by the end of next month – along with a production line at its plant in Tennessee – as part of an wider plan to cut costs and increase the value of the company, which was spun off from DuPont in July.     About 200 employees and 130 contractors work at the plant, which produces titanium dioxide. 

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2015 marks the seventh season gamblers can legally place parlay wagers on NFL games in Delaware  and when the state started taking bets again Wednesday, officials were hoping Delaware could continue to cash in at the rate it has in recent years.

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The Christina School District will begin its new school year dealing with the fall-out from budget cuts and a change in leadership.  

Christina School Board members voted Tuesday night to accept a preliminary budget plan that included needed cuts to finish filling a $9.5 million dollar budget hole left when district voters rejected two tax referendums earlier this year.

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With the calendar now reading August – back to school is back on the minds of kids and parents.  But even before classes start up again, practices for scholastic sports will begin up and down the state. 

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The audience in Cleveland for the first 2016 GOP Presidential primary debate included the chair of Delaware’s Republican Party.

Charlie Copeland says he felt the debate featuring the top 10 candidates in the race to date went "really, really well."

Wesley College’s football team may be new to the New Jersey Athletic Conference – but their reputation as a national power clearly precedes them.

The Wolverines were picked as the favorite to win the NJAC in a preseason poll of league coaches.

Wesley received nine of 10 first place votes.  The only other team to get a first place nod was 2014 league co-champ Rowan.

Wesley returns 13 starters from last year’s squad that went 12-2 advanced to the NCAA Division Three semifinals before losing to Mount Union. 

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A new law will allow some First State drivers to stay behind the wheel despite overdue traffic fines.

Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) signed a bill Monday ending the state’s practice of automatically suspending a person’s drivers license over failure to pay fines for minor traffic violations.

Last week – Delaware won a key legal battle in the state’s effort to bolster the First State’s campaign finance laws.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia overruled a Delaware District Court judge in a case involving Delaware Elections Disclosure Act.  The law was passed in 2012, signed by Gov. Jack Markell and enacted on 2013, but was quickly challenged by an advocacy group.