Tom Trowbridge

News Director

Tom, a native of Brooklyn, New York, came to New Mexico in the early 1980s from Oregon, where he learned the craft of radio news at KPNW-AM/FM in Eugene while studying for his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. His radio career included stops in Oregon, Delaware and Texas before he returned to New Mexico for good in 1990. Tom obtained a master’s degree in public administration from UNM and worked for many years at KUNM in Albuquerque as a free-lance reporter and Morning Edition host.  His work has been featured on National Public Radio, the Voice of America, Latino USA as well as the CBS and ABC radio networks. Tom, who’s thrilled to be working for KSFR, enjoys spending time with his two kids as well as playing tennis and bicycling.

On today’s KSFR Wake-Up Call: host Tom Trowbridge speaks with Santa Fe Film Office Executive Director Eric Witt. The Film Office has much to tout in its two years of operations. Also today, two Senate panels in Washington D.C. hear about issues regarding voting on Native American lands; and New Mexico’s prisons are running out of space for the growing number of inmates. All this, the Marketplace morning report and a local news update on today’s Wake-Up Call.

Community Matters is the monthly public affairs radio program produced for KSFR’s Wake-Up Call by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. July’s episode concerns immigration and the crisis at our southern border:

The 15th annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market had set a record for the annual event: some three-point-28 million dollars in sales.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge visited the Market and prepared this report. 

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This weekend on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, it’s the 15th annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. KSFR Wake-Up Call host Tom Trowbridge Thursday morning spoke with Rupa Trivedi, a Market artisan and Keith Recker, the Market’s Creative Director.

KSFR has established a partnership with Searchlight New Mexico, the non-partisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism. And over time, we’ll be speaking with Searchlight New Mexico’s journalists who invest substantial time clearing Inspection of Public Records Act, or IPRA hurdles in addition to the efforts involved with researching, interviewing and writing the stories they take on.

The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  It’s launched a program called “Vamonos” and KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke recently with S.F. Conservation Trust Executive Director, Sarah Noss about the effort.  

On Monday’s KSFR Wake-Up Call, host Tom Trowbridge visited with executives from the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit WOLA. WOLA is an advocacy group for human rights in the Americas that has done decades of research and advocacy work on Mexico and Central America, U.S. foreign policy, as well as migration and border politics. WOLA President Matt Clausen and Vice President Geoff Thale are in Santa Fe to address a private audience and drum-up support for the effort.

From the Santa Fe National Forest: Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift the closure order and stage 2 fire restrictions on Monday, July 9 at 8:00 a.m. for the first time since entering full forest closure on June 1. The forest remained closed for public safety and forest health reasons until conditions improved to acceptable levels, according to forest leadership. “We noticed conditions starting to improve two weeks ago when moisture levels increased due to higher humidity,” said James Melonas, forest supervisor.

Santa Fe Community College offers English as a second language classes year-round. And, KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge recently got to know a bit more about the program, including its coordinator and some of its recent students.

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Two Santa Fe bicycle advocates, Tim Rogers and Khal Spencer, visited KSFR’s studios Thursday to discuss with Wake-Up Call host Tom Trowbridge the recently-released bicycle crash study compiled by the Santa Fe Police Department.

Santa Fe Rodeo

The Santa Fe Rodeo begins Wednesday at 5pm and on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call this morning, host Tom Trowbridge was joined by a group of cowboys to discuss. They included Jim Butler, President of the Santa Fe Rodeo, Rodeo Clown Luke Kraut and the world-renowned Charro, Tomas Garcilazo.

Under a new program spear-headed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, chefs in the state have the chance to be a “chef ambassador.” KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with Kristie Garcia, the public information officer at the NMDA.

On Today’s Wake-Up Call, Tom Trowbridge speaks with officials and performers with the Santa Fe Rodeo, which gets underway Wednesday at 5pm.

The case of theft of New Mexico’s water by ranchers in Texas for years now being exposed by State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

A couple of weeks back, the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root published a story detailing a key difference in ownership of land in the two states contributes to the divergent water policies. But Root’s story’s bottom line is simple: millions of gallons of New Mexico’s water is being stolen, and it's also being sold back in New Mexico for fracking.KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with Dunn on Monday: 

Wake-Up Call Host Tom Trowbridge discusses Thursday’s Dump The Pump Day with Transit Division Director of Administration and Grants Manager Keith Wilson and Lois Amador, the Division’s Administrative Supervisor for Communications.