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.

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.

A workshop and performance by Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain  considered in her country as a keeper of Ireland’s musical legacy, will perform in Santa Fe with her two adult sons.

KSFR contributor Hollis Walker prepared this report.

Mobilizing Info:

What: A Celtic Solstice Concert with Nóirín Ní Riain, Owen Ó Súilleabháin and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5

Where: Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road

Storytellers and writers: Imaginations on the Loose! That’s the title of the bi-lingual community performance of original stories created and performed by a group of 5th graders from El Camino Real Academy. It’s one of three components of the new and local Storytellers and Writers after-school academic program that is dual-language and dual-culture. The program comes via Transformational Learning & Coaching, Incorporated. Carol Aubrey is its co-founder and KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with her on Monday.

On KSFR’s Wake-Up Call for Monday, November 27th:  KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer reports on a recent legislative committee meeting hearing on proposed cuts to New Mexico’s Medicaid program; Mark Bentley has Dateline New Mexico and Tom Trowbridge speaks with in-studio guest, Ray Griffin, principal at Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School.

On today’s KSFR Wake-Up Call….we’ll hear about Thanksgiving as the time to discuss your family’s health history…also, KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer reports on Tuesday’s court hearing on ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe. And, as always, Wednesday is when we hear from aural historian Jack Loeffler, with the latest installment of “The Lore of The Land.”

On KSFR’s Wake-Up Call for Monday, November 20, 2017: We’ll hear from Senator Martin Heinrich on the deal that finally allows the public to access northeast New Mexico’s Sabinoso Wilderness…also, Democratic State House members call for a new statewide strategy to confront the state’s crime crisis…while a leading Republican asks, “what took you so long?”…and among other features ahead in the next hour, Mark Bentley will have Dateline New Mexico and will hear the morning report from MarketPlace.

In Washington, House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach. Senate GOP leaders, after making some revisions this week, are facing mounting dissent and criticism that their tax plan favors corporations and the wealthy. An analysis by Congress' bipartisan tax experts on Thursday concluded the Senate plan would raise taxes for some of the poorest Americans by 2021.

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership is a statewide policy initiative of United Way of Santa Fe County.  The partnership is focused-on creating the public awareness and political will for investment in early learning in the state.

The partnership’s in Santa Fe today as part of its annual statewide tour to discuss the expansion of the New Mexico Pre-K program. The tour includes a visit to the United Way of Santa Fe Early Learning Center at Aspen and a community conversation at Santa Fe Community College.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz last week introduced the State Public Option Act. It’s bicameral health care legislation that would create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace.

The Democratic sponsors say will the bill will provide a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.

KSFR’s Tom TrowbridgE spoke with Luján about it on Friday…. and he said he along with co-sponsor Senator Schatz and many others have shared goal.

This weekend’s Fall Fiber Fiesta 2017 is the fifth annual show organized by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center that provides exposure to a broad range of traditional and contemporary handmade fiber artwork.

Tom Trowbridge spoke live on KSFR's Wake-Up Call Tuesday with the Center’s Development Director, Olimpia Newman about the Fiesta, fiber arts and more.

At the Roundhouse…the New Mexico Legislative interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee last week heard from its Criminal Justice subcommittee. Tom Trowbridge reports: 

Senator Tom Udall—during a telephone news conference with New Mexico reporters this week—shared his thoughts on several issues.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Late last week, the New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board unanimously approved recommending opioid use disorder, or O-U-D, as a condition that qualifies a patient to use cannabis. The final decision is now in the hands of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher.

Before the advisory panel’s meeting Friday, more than 20 medical practitioners and health professionals signed-on to a petition to Gallagher backing the call for OUD to be made a condition eligible for medical cannabis