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.


Report from Santa Fe host Lorene Mills discusses the recent New Mexico special legislative session with Santa Fe State Senator and chamber Majority Leader, Peter Wirth.


The second in the “Song To Remember” series airing on KSFR produced by students at the Institute of American Indian Arts features Greg Ebona, who is Tlingit and Haida. He’s majoring in Cinematic Arts & Technology.

The first voice on this podcast is of Deborah Begel, the Executive Producer of Radio IAIA, who led the students in their story-telling process.

KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge covered a news conference Tuesday (June 30,2020) where the Latino political opinion research firm Latino Decisions released data from a statewide survey of Hispanic parents, including immigrants, demonstrating the economic vulnerability of families who experienced layoffs and reduction of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the report:


During a conference call with reporters Monday (June 29,2020), Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber addressed what he terms the “significant spike” in COVID-19 cases we’ve been seeing in Santa Fe County.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge was on the call and shares the Mayor’s comments:



Mondays on KSFR, Andy Lyman of NMPoliticalReport.com talks with KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge about the past week in New Mexico politics.

Here’s this week’s edition:

In a city-wide call for unity made on Facebook live Wednesday (June 17, 2008), Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber announced plans to call for the removal of three controversial monuments in the city.     


In February, New Mexico U-S Senator Tom Udall and California Congressman Alan Lowenthal introduced the first-ever comprehensive bill in Congress to tackle the plastic waste crisis.

The Democrats’ bill is titled “the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.” On Wednesday Udall testified on the measure before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as part of an oversight hearing on the challenges facing the nation’s recycling infrastructure.

On Tuesday (June 16, 2020), the New Mexico Supreme Court considered whether the New Mexico State Capitol Building, the Roundhouse, should remain closed to the public as a COVID-19 precaution during the special session that starts Thursday.

Santa Fe New Mexican

The area around Aspen Vista and the Santa Fe Ski Area is being hit by an infestation of tent caterpillars, which are eating-up Aspen trees there.

This led KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge to call an expert, entomologist Jason Schaller of Albuquerque.


During his weekly remote meeting with reporters Monday (June 15, 2020), Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber elaborated on what he and the City are hoping for during this week’s special session of the New Mexico Legislature. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has more:


Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica Garcia spoke recently with KSFR News Director Tom Trowbridge about the challenges the District faced as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across New Mexico this past Spring.   

The Santa Fe Community Foundation and its CEO, Bill Smith, host the monthly Community Matters program on KSFR.

Here’s the June edition:


Lorene Mills’ guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Santa Fe author Caroline Fraser, recipient of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book "Prairie Fires: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder."

Fraser’s book was also named among the New York Times' "Ten Best Books of 2017," and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.


The world-renowned Santa Fe International Folk Art Market will be holding online events during its annual “Folk Art Week” to correspond with the festival’s annual July dates. IFAM’s virtual annual gala will be held on Friday, July 10th, with a special celebration of folk artists, their work, and the beautiful tradition of the Market itself.

A series of videos will be followed by an online auction of exemplary folk art from around the world. Starting on July fifth, IFAM will present online lectures, interviews and films on a diverse array of folk art topics.


On KSFR’s Wake Up Call and MidDay Newsbreak Tuesday (June 9, 2020), Tom Trowbridge discussed the City of Santa Fe attaining gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for “LEED:” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design with Neal Denton, the city’s sustainability planner.