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.

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.

In studio on KSFR’s Wake-Up call this morning, Tim Donahue and John Mugford with the New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped share with us the myriad services it provides.


The nation’s national monuments have been in the news this week, with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announcing decisions to shrink the size of two in Utah and submitting a report of the review of newly-declared monuments. On that list are both the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments in New Mexico.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge reports:


Physician and human rights advocate from Gaza and the Director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children's Alliance or MECA, Dr. Mona El-Farra will speak tonight (December 6th) in Santa Fe. Dr. El-Farra will address an audience at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 6-30pm. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with her last night:

In the coming weeks, KSFR’s Wake-Up Call will be interviewing all the candidates running for office in the city of Santa Fe’s municipal elections set for March sixth, 2018. First-up, one of the three candidates for City Council District Two: Nate Downey. Tom Trowbridge spoke with the candidate:

As explained on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call on Wednesday, New Mexico Democratic Land Commissioner candidate, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard is a recent entry to the three-candidate Democratic race that will be decided next June.

Today, Tom Trowbridge continues his conversation with Garcia Richard:

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge speaks with the newest Democrat in the primary race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard about the events that led to her candidacy for the statewide post.

The conversation continues on Thursday's (Nov. 30) Wake-Up Call.

A workshop and performance by Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain  considered in her country as a keeper of Ireland’s musical legacy, will perform in Santa Fe with her two adult sons.

KSFR contributor Hollis Walker prepared this report.

Mobilizing Info:

What: A Celtic Solstice Concert with Nóirín Ní Riain, Owen Ó Súilleabháin and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5

Where: Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road

Storytellers and writers: Imaginations on the Loose! That’s the title of the bi-lingual community performance of original stories created and performed by a group of 5th graders from El Camino Real Academy. It’s one of three components of the new and local Storytellers and Writers after-school academic program that is dual-language and dual-culture. The program comes via Transformational Learning & Coaching, Incorporated. Carol Aubrey is its co-founder and KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with her on Monday.

On KSFR’s Wake-Up Call for Monday, November 27th:  KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer reports on a recent legislative committee meeting hearing on proposed cuts to New Mexico’s Medicaid program; Mark Bentley has Dateline New Mexico and Tom Trowbridge speaks with in-studio guest, Ray Griffin, principal at Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School.

On today’s KSFR Wake-Up Call….we’ll hear about Thanksgiving as the time to discuss your family’s health history…also, KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer reports on Tuesday’s court hearing on ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe. And, as always, Wednesday is when we hear from aural historian Jack Loeffler, with the latest installment of “The Lore of The Land.”

On KSFR’s Wake-Up Call for Monday, November 20, 2017: We’ll hear from Senator Martin Heinrich on the deal that finally allows the public to access northeast New Mexico’s Sabinoso Wilderness…also, Democratic State House members call for a new statewide strategy to confront the state’s crime crisis…while a leading Republican asks, “what took you so long?”…and among other features ahead in the next hour, Mark Bentley will have Dateline New Mexico and will hear the morning report from MarketPlace.

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.