A journalist with 25 years of experience, Tom originally joined KPBS in 1998 to cover San Diego issues related to growth, transportation and development. In September of 1999, Tom took over as host of These Days (now Midday Edition) where he served for nearly a decade. Now a news editor, Tom supervises reporting by the KPBS arts and investigations teams. He also edits stories related to science and border coverage.
Tom began his broadcasting career in 1988 at WSUI Radio in Iowa City as a reporter and newscaster. He then spent five years at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) where he worked as a reporter. Following his departure from MPR, Tom was a freelance journalist, working for Twin Cities Public Television, WCCO Radio, and a variety of regional and national newspapers and magazines.
He has received recognition for his outstanding work in hosting and public affairs reporting from the Unity Awards, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, and the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Former City Councilman Kevin Faulconer took the office of San Diego mayor, promising to make public safety his first priority and boost standards in police department.
It's not all puffy shirts and parrots — a treasure chest of pirate artifacts is now on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It's the only documented pirate treasure ever found.
From a retro soul music show to a poetry reading and an unusual film screening, here's a preview to some of this month's top events happening around San Diego.
The town of Jamul is still fighting a local tribe's plan for an Indian casino, even as earth is being cleared to make way for it.
Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week. It looks at how mindfulness can help with everything from pain and stress management to ADHD.
The newest genre in fiction writing is using crafts in storytelling. A renowned fiber artist is using her love of yarns to launch a trilogy of fantasy books based in needlework.
Beginning in September, California law will require drivers to be three feet away from a bicyclist handlebars or shoulders while passing on the road. Will the new law make San Diego cyclists feel safer?
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week takes up an ordinance that would put into place new restrictions to flight schools in our region who train foreign nationals. We take a look at those backing the proposal that's opposed by pilot groups, flight schools and instructors.
Discussions of diet have some people arguing that our modern use of grains, including bread and cake, is unhealthy. The premise of the "paleo diet" says we're best off going back to the kind of diet that preceded the agricultural revolution of early human civilization.
The documentary "Blackfish," about SeaWorld and killer whales in captivity, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. A year later, the debate continues and SeaWorld is going on the offensive.