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.

Declaring that “Our democracy hinges on protecting Americans' ability to fairly choose our own leaders, Senator Martin Heinrich is co-sponsoring legislation to protect American election systems from foreign interference.

Senate Democrats this week gathered to talk-up their strategies for turning New Mexico's bleak employment situation around and improving public education. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has more.

As we reported yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has cleared ten behavioral health providers following an investigation of Medicaid fraud charges filed in 2013. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has the reaction from the Roundhouse.

Among the many proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constitution being considered by state lawmakers this session is one that would give the state’s lowest-paid workers a raise.

Yesterday marked the halfway point of the 2016 New Mexico legislative session. And as Tom Trowbridge reports, press conferences by the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House painted very different pictures of the work that's been done at the Roundhouse so far. 

There’s a proposal in the New Mexico Legislature this session that if approved by lawmakers and state voters would forever change the nature of political primary elections. Tom Trowbridge has the story.

In Washington, there are efforts underway by Congress to approve steps toward election reform in hopes of increasing transparency and openness in our nation’s political system. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge brings us this report.

Convincing people to shop at small, local businesses where money is re-circulated in the community rather than out-of-state mega-stores which export capital, is a main goal behind the annual ‘Small Business Saturday’ event.  According to the American Independent Business Alliance, almost 50-percent of the money spent on purchases at local businesses is re-circulated locally, while less than 14-percent of purchases at chain stores stay within the community.


Tom Trowbridge presents Santa Fe Local News at Noon

The University of New Mexico Fine Art Museum’s current show takes a critical look at a divisive issue of the day—Police Violence.  The show is called “Necessary Force: Art of the Police State” and is on display until December 12th. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke recently with Dr. Kymberly Pinder, the interim director of the UNM Art Museum, as well as the dean of the college of Fine Arts.

The Congressional effort announced this week and backed by a coalition of Senators and House members seeks to reform the federal law governing hard-rock mining in the United States.  This summer’s blowout of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater from the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado gave the issue new prominence. New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich.

New Mexico winter sports enthusiasts are likely to be  encouraged by the long term forecast for higher amounts of rain and snowfall in the coming months. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has more.

In Washington, the U-S Senate recently defeated an effort that would have put the clamp down on communities that offer themselves as “sanctuaries.” KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has the story.

The U-S Supreme Court’s new term, which began today, is widely expected to see Justices jump right back into high-profile constitutional battles like voting rights, affirmative action and the death penalty, as well as a new attack on public-sector labor unions. And the New York Times reports the Court may well agree to take up issues of abortion and contraception again, in cases that could further strip away reproductive rights.