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 Tuesday (September 8th, 2020), KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge discussed recent changes to the Los Alamos-White Rock media landscape with University of New Mexico Journalism Professor Mike Marcotte.

The story mentioned that by the start of this month radio station KRSN vacated the airwaves and that the Los Alamos Monitor’s corporate ownership announced the Monitor would no longer publish after decades of being the chief source of local news in Los Alamos County.

Today we hear from Monitor veteran staffer, Charmian Schaller about the paper’s demise:


At the end of August, the community of Los Alamos lost two media outlets—the locally-owned KRSN radio stations; and its newspaper: The Los Alamos Monitor.

The Monitor had once published five days a week and had been part of the community since the 1940s. KSFR News Director spoke about these with University of New Mexico Journalism professor Mike Marcotte.


KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge speaks with Kerry Jones, the meteorologist in charge at the Albuquerque National Weather Service Office about 2020’s "non-soon" and La Nina and the prospects for a wetter future.


Tuesday, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration announced $150-million for city and county governments and some businesses in Congressional COVID-19 relief funding.

KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge discussed the funding awards with DFA Secretary Debbie Romero and Nora Jones Sackett, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Communications Director.


Typically, the third Saturday of September is when local communities and businesses throughout Santa Fe take part in the neighbor-to-neighbor food-fund drive in Santa Fe.

It’s still going on, and as KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge reports, the hunger problem in northern New Mexico is worsening.

He spoke with Linda Flatt, the veteran volunteer for Santa Fe’s The Food Depot about the fund-not-food drive this year, thanks to COVID-19.


It’s the week (the week of August 31, 2020) after two consecutive weeks of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

And, if you’ve been taking it all in, you might have the distinct impression that Americans are more divided now than almost ever. However, a new study sheds light on why the two U.S. political parties may polarize without voters doing the same on the issues.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge discusses the just-concluded 2020 (August 28, 2020) Republican National Convention with Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman, Steve Pearce.


Third District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by New Mexico's senior Senator, Democrat Tom Udall who's retiring, updated KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge on his campaign efforts Wednesday.

Here's the conversation:

(By the way, KSFR News has reached-out to the Ronchetti Senate campaign seeking an interview several times since June 5, 2020 without a solid response).


KSFR correspondent, gender pay equity expert and money editor for Ms. Magazine, author Martha Burk, is out with an updated version of her book, “Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Politics, Power, and the Change We Need.”

KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge recently discussed the updated book with Burk:


Each Monday on KSFR, News Director Tom Trowbridge discusses the previous week in New Mexico politics with Andy Lyman, a reporter with NMPolitics.Com.

Here’s this week’s segment: 


Mondays on KSFR’s Wake Up Call and MidDay Newsbreak programs, News Director Tom Trowbridge discusses the top political stories from the previous week with Andy Lyman, a reporter with NMPoliticalReport.com:

Santa Fe Community Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation’s August edition of monthly public affairs program, Community Matters is "hear" now:

We’re in the middle of American Wind Week (on August 13th, 2020). The website, CleanPowerforAmerica.com notes that, now in its fourth year, American Wind Week 2020 is a celebration of all of the ways wind power has created opportunity in the past, and the ways wind energy will power an economic recovery and help us build a cleaner, healthier, and more resilient future. The website adds: “In a time of economic uncertainty, wind power is bringing jobs, new revenue, and opportunity to communities across the country.

KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge and Neal Denton, the City of Santa Fe’s sustainability planner, discuss the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.



Late last month saw the first successful flight of the Sunglider™ solar-powered high-altitude platform system, or HAPS.

 KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge spoke about this development last week with Alice Carruth, the Public Relations Coordinator at the Spaceport: