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.


The Republican Party of New Mexico weighed-in on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s State of the State address on Tuesday…. the Party saying the speech was, “A dream of ambitious programs and plans to fund new projects, adding, the governor remains shortsighted on how the state will pay for any of these. She just doesn't get it.”

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke to one longtime GOP legislator for his thoughts on the 2020 New Mexico Legislative session’s kick-off messaging from the Governor:


Sandia National Laboratories Director James Peery announced recently that Sandia pumped an all-time high of nearly three-point-seven billion dollars into the economy in fiscal year 2019…. This, by spending on goods, services, payroll, taxes and other payments.  Peery said in a news release that, quoting: “Sandia is proud of the past success but will not rest, we will keep building on these successes and seeking partnerships with highly qualified, diverse suppliers that can contribute to Sandia’s national security mission and spur economic growth in New Mexico and across the country.”

This month, the Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information plans to connect with more than 248-thousand New Mexicans by email and U.S. mail as part of the groups’ largest-ever campaign to encourage eligible residents to register to vote ahead of the 2020 election.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke recently with Page Gardner, the groups' founder, about this effort dedicated to increasing the participation of people of color, unmarried women and other historically underrepresented groups in our democracy.

Balsam Alayoub is a self-described change maker who wants to improve her country of Kuwait through many projects, including youth sports programs. Deborah Martinez spoke with her recently at KSFR.

KSFR’s monthly program from the Santa Fe Community Foundation is titled “Community Matters.”

This month, Foundation President and CEO Bill Smith talks with Larry Martinez, North Central Region Director of Presbyterian Medical Services and Susan Cahoon, Director of Human Resources from the Santa Fe New Mexican about the unique impacts of the Empty Stocking Fund, a Santa Fe holiday tradition of care since 1981.


PROJECT ECHO: A democracy of knowledge is a one-hour documentary telling the story of one of the most innovative and far-reaching health initiatives on our planet, which is free for all to use. PROJECT ECHO: A DEMOCRACY OF KNOWLEDGE airs tonight (November 21, 2019) at 7:00 pm on Ch. 5.1, New Mexico PBS.

Dr. Ben Daitz is a professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a documentary filmmaker, and writer…and produced the documentary. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke to Daitz about the production:

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The New Mexico Legislative Interim Health and Human Services Committee recently took-on the issue of the wave of closures of juvenile jails across New Mexico.

Tom Trowbridge reports:


The Third Monday of each month, KSFR’s Wake-Up Call features the program, Community Matters, produced by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Your host Santa Fe Community Foundation President and CEO Bill Smith today discusses the recent economic revitalization efforts happening in Las Vegas, New Mexico with hotelier Allan Affeldt and restaurateur Isaac Sandoval.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with Maria Olmedo Malagon, the Program Manager for the 2020 Census during October’s 2020 Census National Week. Here’s the conversation:


The most recent crime statistics show that New Mexico had a rate of 857 violent crimes and 34-hundred-and-20 property crimes per 100-thousand residents in 2018. When you compare New Mexico to the national numbers, well….it’s alarming.

Nationally there were about 369 violent crimes and 22-hundred property crimes, per 100-thousand population.

KSFR's Tom Trowbridge discussed the crime issue and what’s being done by state lawmakers on it with State Senator Sander Rue. A Republican, Rue represents Senate District 23 in Albuquerque:



The Santa Fe-based Climate Advocates Voces Unidas, or CAVU, utilizes visual storytelling and community engagement to support local solutions to the global climate problem. Also, CAVU is hosting a documentary screening in Santa Fe tonight (October 30th).  CAVU co-founder Jordan Vaughn Smith shares that and other information in her chat with KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge:

Steve Terrell and Tom Trowbridge on KSFR's Wake-Up Call Monday discussed some of the latest developments on the New Mexico political scene.

Here's the conversation:

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich discussed a variety of issues in a conversation with KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge, as you'll hear in this interview conducted on October 23, 2019:


The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, has since 2012 found pollutants in Americans’ tap water.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with EWG Science Analyst Sydney Evans about what it discovered in 2019’s sampling of Santa Fe’s tap water:


Charles Eisenstein is a public speaker, gift economy advocate, and the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible and Climate -- A New Story. Eisenstein speaks Monday night in Santa Fe in a benefit for the Santa Fe Forest Coalition at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church (UU Santa Fe) at 107 West Barcelona, Santa Fe, NM.

KSFR's Tom Trowbridge visited with Eisenstein by phone in advance of the benefit: