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.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), along with several House and Senate Congressional colleagues last week introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation, the IMPACT for Energy Act, to establish a nonprofit foundation for the U.S. Department of Energy that would channel private-sector investments and accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies in energy.

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Today (December 26, 2017) on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan discusses bi-partisan legislation seeking to use a non-profit to help with technology transfer from the nation’s national laboratories and research institutions; We’ll hear Santa Fe “buskers” or street musicians who share their music and thoughts with KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer….and we’ll get some insight from KSFR contributor Nick Davidson about how the sport of rock climbing is climbing in popularity in New Mexico…All this and more on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to allow Public Service Co. of New Mexico to raise its rates by 9 percent, to be phased in over the next two years. However, the Commission ruled PNM investments made in recent years in the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant were “imprudent,” thus rejecting the utility’s request to recover $148 million it has spent on new pollution controls and other upgrades there since 2013. According to the Albuquerque Journal, PNM sought $62.3 million in new annual revenue in the case, which it filed last December.

District Four City Council Candidate JoAnne Vigil Coppler visited KSFR’s Wake-Up Call this morning, taking questions from host Tom Trowbridge.

The Santa Fe City Council is meeting in special session later today at both three-pm and five-pm. The topic: the city’s efforts at implementing ranked choice voting in time for the March city elections. At the earlier meeting the public and councilors hear a presentation and provide information on public education about the electoral system. The five-pm meeting—to be broadcast live here on KSFR—includes a public hearing and two ordinances relating to ranked-choice voting.

KSFR’s Wake-Up Call continues its conversations with the candidates for Santa Fe Mayor and City Council with today’s (December 19, 2017) appearance by Peter Ives, candidate for Mayor and current City Councilor from District Two. Ives spoke with KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge.

Santa Fe School Board member Kate Noble, who’s a candidate for Mayor of Santa Fe, dropped by the KSFR studios this morning to appear on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge interviewed Noble:

Patrick Gallagher has left the Santa Fe Police Department to become chief at the Las Cruces P.D. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke to the former chief about his time on the job at SFPD.

Thursday afternoon, Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Warrants Agents picked up former New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. on an outstanding burglary warrant. According to a Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office news release, Block was located based on an anonymous tip to the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center. He was found at the Life Healing Center off Old Las Vegas Highway. He surrendered without incident. Block is currently being held without bond at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Joseph Maestas visited the KSFR studios Wednesday to discuss his campaign with Tom Trowbridge on Thursday morning’s Wake-Up Call news magazine.

On today’s (December 14, 2017) KSFR Wake-Up Call, Tom Trowbridge speaks with Santa Fe mayoral candidate and City Councilor from District Two, Joseph Maestas. Also on Wake-Up Call, our special reporting team of Ellen Berkovitch and Hannah Colton has their final 2017 installment of their Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe series. 

At its meeting Thursday, it’s expected the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, will do away with the concept of net neutrality. That’s the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.  KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke on Tuesday with Senator Martin Heinrich about the anticipated move.

On Wednesday’s (December 13, 2017) Wake-Up Call, we’ll hear from Democratic New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich on the issue of net neutrality—a policy that’s threatened by the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of its chairman, Ajit Pai. Senator Heinrich was among the 39 signatories on a letter to Pai on the matter. Also on the program: the Marketplace morning report. And Jack Loeffler will be on hand for episode seven of his series, “The Lore of the Land”

A public sector attorney and social change activist, Santa Fe resident Bruce Berlin has devoted his career to social justice issues for over forty-five years. Berlin is also an author. His book, “Breaking Big Money's Grip on America” is out, and KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with him on Tuesday’s Wake-Up Call.

KSFR News checks-in seasonally with Albuquerque-based National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Jones. Jones, officially the “Warning Coordination Meteorologist” at the N-W-S says New Mexico saw quite the contrast in meteorological autumn: the months of September, October and November.