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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 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

Later this morning, the Santa Fe Student Wellness Action Teams (SWAT) and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) will gather for the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will preside at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. 

Albuquerque voters decide one week from today their choice for Mayor. Incumbent Richard Berry isn’t running for a third term, so, the winner of the run-off between State Auditor Tim Keller and Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis, takes the reins of New Mexico’s largest city.

KSFR Correspondent Martha Burk, on her Equal Time radio series, spoke recently with both hopefuls….today, it’s Tim Keller’s turn:  

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.

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