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.
It’s difficult to say exactly when my interest in animals and our treatment of them started, but it’s likely with a little West Virginia rescue dog I adopted named Scout – to be followed by Piper, Big Nick, Zia, Mango and Blaze. In 2009 I moved to New Mexico, working with volunteer animal welfare nonprofits and private rescue groups here. Seeing the sheer number of dogs needing homes here I began to look to sources to help me understand why. New Mexico news stories about animals were often the heartbreaking and gruesome stories of animal cruelty, but what I was looking for was the why – the political, economic, and social contexts behind the headlines. In time that interest has expanded to encompass the treatment of all animals as reflected not in what as a society we say b
“Animal Talk” looks at our relationship to animals as sentient beings as reflected in state or national policies and practices. Guests are the special people involved in advancing and humanizing animal policies in New Mexico or nationwide.