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.

On KSFR’s Wake-Up Call today (February 27, 2018): Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia discusses with host Tom Trowbridge the idea of so-called “strong schools,” including the arming of school teachers. Also, Chimayo author Peter Malmgren discusses his new book, “Los Alamos Revisited-A Workers' History”... and Israeli ambassador Ido Aharoni recently visited Santa Fe—Tom Trowbridge has a conversation with him, too.

At an event last week at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas were joined by local organizations, office-holders and individuals highlight the existing funding gaps and need for resources on the ground to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Tom Trowbridge was there and has this report:

KSFR's Tom Trowbridge speaks with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall on what's the latest effort in Washington, DC to find a solution to the immigration debate.  With a DACA deadline now moot, according to the courts,  legislators in our nation's capitol will continue the debate when they resume session.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge filed this report on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call on Wednesday, February 21, 2018:

Today (February 21, 2018) host Tom Trowbridge speaks with the legislative sponsors of the failed House Joint Resolution One about its demise this legislative session and its future prospects. Also, KSFR’s John Shannon has the first of his two-part interview with Santa Fe artist Poteet Victory….and today Wake-Up Call Launches Jack and Celestia Loeffler’s “Watersheds as Commons" radio series

On Tuesday’s Wake-Up Call, host Tom Trowbridge chats with political observer and consultant Joe Monahan about the recently-concluded New Mexico Legislative session and pre-primary politics.

In Washington…..New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich last week questioned top intelligence officials during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. Here’s Heinrich’s exchange with the various intel heads, starting with the FBI’s Christopher Wray:

On Monday’s Wake-Up Call we launched a new issues-oriented monthly program, “Community Matters,” hosted by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. The first episode focuses on Santa Fe’s housing crisis:

The New Mexico Legislative session that adjourned on Thursday left with it not only surplus revenues but also, an impression of bi-partisan cooperation in confronting many of New Mexico’s deep-seated problems.

Tom Trowbridge reports.

Two Democratic lawmakers from Las Cruces are pushing N.M. Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher to follow the twice-provided advice from the state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board and add Opiate Use Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

Tom Trowbridge reports:

The bicycle-advocacy group, Bike Santa Fe, recently asked all of the city’s candidates for Mayor in next month’s elections to fill out a survey on bicycle issues. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

Columnist and reporter Steve Terrell with the New Mexican has been following action this legislation session on a bill that would allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to recoup its investment in to-be mothballed coal plants by issuing low-interest bonds that would be paid off by customers over a 20-year period. Among its features, the legislation also requires PNM to obtain 50-percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. It also would create a 19 million dollar economic development fund for San Juan County, where coal plants are located.

Farmington Senator William Sharer has been advocating a flat-tax approach for the past four legislative sessions and continued the effort this year. Tom Trowbridge reports:

At the Roundhouse, legislation to address recently-identified deficiencies with New Mexico’s guardianship system is moving forward. Tom Trowbridge has the story:

On Monday’s (February 5, 2018) KSFR Wake-Up Call, Heather Ferguson, Legislative Director with Common Cause New Mexico discusses with host Tom Trowbridge the group’s efforts both locally and nationally to regulate so-called “dark money” in politics.