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.

Santa Fe School Board member Kate Noble, who’s a candidate for Mayor of Santa Fe, dropped by the KSFR studios this morning to appear on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge interviewed Noble:

Patrick Gallagher has left the Santa Fe Police Department to become chief at the Las Cruces P.D. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke to the former chief about his time on the job at SFPD.

Thursday afternoon, Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Warrants Agents picked up former New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. on an outstanding burglary warrant. According to a Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office news release, Block was located based on an anonymous tip to the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center. He was found at the Life Healing Center off Old Las Vegas Highway. He surrendered without incident. Block is currently being held without bond at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Joseph Maestas visited the KSFR studios Wednesday to discuss his campaign with Tom Trowbridge on Thursday morning’s Wake-Up Call news magazine.

On today’s (December 14, 2017) KSFR Wake-Up Call, Tom Trowbridge speaks with Santa Fe mayoral candidate and City Councilor from District Two, Joseph Maestas. Also on Wake-Up Call, our special reporting team of Ellen Berkovitch and Hannah Colton has their final 2017 installment of their Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe series. 

At its meeting Thursday, it’s expected the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, will do away with the concept of net neutrality. That’s the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.  KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke on Tuesday with Senator Martin Heinrich about the anticipated move.

On Wednesday’s (December 13, 2017) Wake-Up Call, we’ll hear from Democratic New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich on the issue of net neutrality—a policy that’s threatened by the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of its chairman, Ajit Pai. Senator Heinrich was among the 39 signatories on a letter to Pai on the matter. Also on the program: the Marketplace morning report. And Jack Loeffler will be on hand for episode seven of his series, “The Lore of the Land”

A public sector attorney and social change activist, Santa Fe resident Bruce Berlin has devoted his career to social justice issues for over forty-five years. Berlin is also an author. His book, “Breaking Big Money's Grip on America” is out, and KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with him on Tuesday’s Wake-Up Call.

KSFR News checks-in seasonally with Albuquerque-based National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Jones. Jones, officially the “Warning Coordination Meteorologist” at the N-W-S says New Mexico saw quite the contrast in meteorological autumn: the months of September, October and November.

In studio on KSFR’s Wake-Up call this morning, Tim Donahue and John Mugford with the New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped share with us the myriad services it provides.


The nation’s national monuments have been in the news this week, with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announcing decisions to shrink the size of two in Utah and submitting a report of the review of newly-declared monuments. On that list are both the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments in New Mexico.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge reports:


Physician and human rights advocate from Gaza and the Director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children's Alliance or MECA, Dr. Mona El-Farra will speak tonight (December 6th) in Santa Fe. Dr. El-Farra will address an audience at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 6-30pm. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with her last night:

In the coming weeks, KSFR’s Wake-Up Call will be interviewing all the candidates running for office in the city of Santa Fe’s municipal elections set for March sixth, 2018. First-up, one of the three candidates for City Council District Two: Nate Downey. Tom Trowbridge spoke with the candidate:

As explained on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call on Wednesday, New Mexico Democratic Land Commissioner candidate, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard is a recent entry to the three-candidate Democratic race that will be decided next June.

Today, Tom Trowbridge continues his conversation with Garcia Richard:

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge speaks with the newest Democrat in the primary race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard about the events that led to her candidacy for the statewide post.

The conversation continues on Thursday's (Nov. 30) Wake-Up Call.