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 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2015 season got off to a rocky start at Myrtle Beach Thursday night.

The Rocks mustered little in the way of offense in a 9-1 loss to the Pelicans.

Monte Ross will remain men’s head basketball coach at the University of Delaware. UD officials announced Thursday that the school has signed Ross to a new three-year contract.  

In nine seasons at UD, Ross has compiled a 125-161 record, but his most successful campaign was a year ago – when he led the Blue Hens to a 25-and-10 record, a Colonial Athletic Association championship and their first NCAA tournament berth since 1999.  

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Delaware State’s first ever post-season home game ended in disappointment.

DSU, making its first post-season appearance since 2007, fell to Radford 78-57 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at Memorial Hall.

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Balancing the First State’s budget just got a bit more difficult for lawmakers.

The latest revenue estimate from Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council or DEFAC cut $45 million from the state’s bottom line as the General Assembly works to build the state’s Fiscal year 2016 spending plan.  

A $25 million drop in abandoned property collections in the current fiscal year was the biggest budgetary dent in DEFAC’s first forecast since December.

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Delaware State may not have earned its trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2005, but the Hornets will play some post-season basketball.

DSU’s run to the MEAC tournament title game has landed the team in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

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Delaware State fell one win short of its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2005.

The Hornets fell to Hampton in 82-61 the MEAC tournament title game Saturday in Norfolk.

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Delaware State is one win away from a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Hornets advanced to the MEAC tournament title game Saturday after upsetting top seed North Carolina Central 63-57 in the semi-finals Friday in Norfolk, Va.

Sussex County is about to get a boost in internet connectivity.

Over the next 6 months, a new high speed fiber optic ring will be built underneath Georgetown, increasing connection speeds 100 times. Four county facilities, including government offices and the airport, will benefit immediately from improved connection.

The fiber optic ring will be a considerable improvement on the single line feed that now feeds Sussex County facilities. The two-way system can redirect the data if service is interrupted along the line.

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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.