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Federal Public Defender Wins 2018 Charles Driscoll Memorial Award


It was earlier this month when the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association presented the 2018 Charles Driscoll Memorial Award to Charles—better known as Chuck—McCormack. McCormack specializes in research and writing for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Albuquerque. He took-on that role after six years as a Legal Aid lawyer. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge recently spoke with the award-winning attorney.

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.