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.

At the State Capitol Monday, members of the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus chose Senator Mimi Stewart as their new Democratic Senate Majority Whip. Senator Stewart, who represents Senate District 17 in Albuquerque, served as a Representative in the House from 1995-2014 and has served in the Senate since 2015.  She replaces Senator Michael Padilla, also of Albuquerque, who was ousted over past settlements of sexual harassment charges. Stewart, in a statement said, quote: “I appreciate the confidence my fellow Senators have placed in me,” said Sen. Stewart.

Monday morning on Wake-Up Call, host Tom Trowbridge spoke with Roman “Tiger” Abeyta, who is seeking to replace retiring Councilor Carmichael Dominguez in the March Municipal elections.

On Mondays….Wake-Up Call host Tom Trowbridge checks-in with reporter and columnist Steve Terrell of the New Mexican, reviewing the news of the previous week and look ahead to this week in a conversation recorded on Friday. Terrell says he spent a good portion of last week covering the rate increase proposed by Public Service Company of New Mexico that was before the state Public Regulation Commission.

Santa Fe candidate for City Council from District Two, Joe Arellano was the guest Thursday on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call. Host Tom Trowbridge spoke with the council hopeful.

With New Mexico’s 2018 30-day regular legislative session around the corner, the New Mexico Bar Association recently conducted a preview of the session. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge reports New Mexico attorneys heard from a lobbyist as well as lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle: (Audio courtesy of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation)

Today on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call, Tom Trowbridge reports on a recent legislative preview event featuring lobbyist and lawmakers’ point of view from both sides of the political aisle at a legislative preview….also, Jack Loeffler’s The Lore of the Land. And, KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer will delve into details of Descartes Labs, which is considered disruptive in the most positive sense of the word.

One of three candidates seeking the Santa Fe City Council seat being vacated by mayoral candidate Ron Trujillo, Eric Holmes stopped by the KSFR studios and spoke about the race with Tom Trowbridge.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge reports that there’s a new website available that allows New Mexicans to compare health care prices….putting sunshine on an area that is in most states, completely in the dark.

The website: NM-Health-Care-Compare-dot-com, is the result of legislation fostered by recommendations from a 2014 Think New Mexico report on health care.

Trowbridge begins the report with this comment from Kristina Fisher, the  Associate Director of Think New Mexico:

Longtime Santa Fe Journalist—columnist and reporter Steve Terrell— recently penned a piece on Governor Susana Martinez being listed in national reports of potential Republican challengers in 2020 to President Trump. Such reports were published in Newsweek, The Hill and aired on NewsMax TV. Wake-Up Call host Tom Trowbridge asked Terrell about that when he spoke with him on Friday:

The Trump administration threw the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana into uncertainty last week as it lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will now leave it up to federal prosecutors to decide what to do when state rules collide with federal drug law. Emily Kaltenbach is the state director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s New Mexico Office. She is also a senior director for the DPA’s criminal justice reform efforts on a national basis.

David Schwartz has played an active role in the New Mexico Music Commission and the Commission’s Foundation for several years now. Schwartz, who is the President of the state’s Music Foundation recently stopped by the KSFR studios to speak about the organizations and the annual Platinum Music Awards. 

Wake-Up Call host Tom Trowbridge continues his series of interviews with candidates on the March Santa Fe Municipal elections, speaking today with Carol Romero-Wirth, one of three hopefuls for Council District Four.

Host Tom Trowbridge interviews Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Ron Trujillo on his background and on the issues facing Santa Fe's next mayor:

The annual “Koats for Kids” charity drive is wrapping-up soon. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has the story and information on how you can donate.

A Democratic primary challenge in state House District 46 is set for 2018. Political newcomer and businesswoman Andrea Romero announced her candidacy for the nomination.  She's seeking to upset incumbent Carl Trujillo, who has held the seat since 2012. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge spoke with both candidates to get a preview of the race.