Tom Trowbridge

Assistant 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.

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.

Beirut’s performance included songs from earlier albums, as well as singles from the newly-released “No, No, No,” which is receiving widespread radio airplay. Condon, who’s 29, the band’s leader and composer, smiled broadly through the show. Early on in the concert, Condon acknowledged and thanked his parents who were standing at the foot of the stage.

The New Mexico Republican Party is banking on an effort aimed at building a “grassroots” movement to assist the GOP presidential nominee and keep the New Mexico House under Republican control.               

State Republican Communications Director Pat Garrett says it’s called the “New Mexico Grassroots Initiative,” noting that the days of party staff coming in three to four months before an election to organize are long gone. Garrett says the new plan will see local party activists given the chance to organize and cultivate a volunteer network.

There’s a move afoot both in New Mexico and nationwide pushing for the concept of open primary elections. The effort centers on what supporters call a simple, yet radical idea: that no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote. 

It’s called the “southwest-area node”—or SWAN Park, the City of Santa Fe’s newest park facility. And there’s a day-long block party scheduled for tomorrow in its honor. Carlos Sanchez is with the City’s Parks and Rec Division.


 

In Labor Day’s edition of the New York Times, veteran reporter Steven Greenhouse details the efforts of a Santa Fe non-profit to fill the vacuum of sorts created by the weakening of the nation’s traditional labor unions in recent decades.

 

Tom Trowbridge presents Santa Fe local news at noon.

As you’ve been hearing on KSFR’s hourly newscasts, Republican Michael-H Romero announced today on the Roundhouse steps earlier today that he’s running for Congress in the third congressional district.

Santa Fe City is hosting a public meeting later today on the Acequia Trail Underpass project, which city officials say is a major step in improving the City Different’s bike-ability. 

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