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Tom Fudge

News Editor

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A journalist with 30 years of experience, Tom joined KPBS in 1998 to cover San Diego issues related to growth, transportation, and development. In September of 1999, Tom became host of These Days (now KPBS Midday Edition) where he served for nearly a decade. Now a news editor, Tom oversees the station’s drive-time radio news content, heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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.

Recent Stories by Tom Fudge

Members of the California National Guard work a...

Controlled Burns Aim To Reforest San Diego's Mountains

Dec. 24, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The California Parks Department is setting fires in San Diego County's eastern mountains to try to bring back the forest in parts of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

In this Thursday, July 25, 2019 photo, workers ...

Californians Wait For New Laws Before They Stop Changing The Clock

Nov. 4, 2019
By Tom Fudge

California Voters passed Proposition 7 to stay on Daylight Saving Time. More needs to be done, but the author of Prop 7 says the change is well underway.

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Orchid Ventures Places Big Bet On Calexico And The Legal Marijuana Market

Oct. 1, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The Orange County-based company Orchid Ventures will build a cultivation facility in Calexico it says will soon produce more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana every month.

The FBI seal is pictured in this photo from 2018.

Church Leaders Indicted For Alleged Labor Trafficking In San Diego, Other Cities

Sept. 10, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The U.S. Attorney in San Diego has indicted 12 leaders of the Imperial Valley Ministries for allegedly holding dozens of homeless people against their will and forcing them to panhandle.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) talks to a crowd of...

Issa Appears Likely To Run For Duncan Hunter's Congressional Seat

Sept. 9, 2019
By Tom Fudge

Former Congressman Darrell Issa said he'll run in the 50th District unless he's appointed soon to Trump administration post.

Congressman Duncan Hunter waves to reporters as...

Rep. Duncan Hunter Outpacing Opponents In Campaign Fundraising

July 17, 2019
By Tom Fudge

Congressman's indictment for misusing campaign funds hasn't prevented him from getting more money.

Security camera footage captures the final mome...

Family Of Man Killed By San Diego Police Has Suit Reinstated

July 11, 2019
By Tom Fudge

A lawsuit filed against the City of San Diego, by a man killed by police four years ago, was found to have merit by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A condemned inmate is led out of his east block...

New Poll Brings Good News For Opponents Of California Death Penalty

March 28, 2019
By Tom Fudge

Results from a Public Policy Institute of California survey show record opposition to death penalty and growing concerns about housing affordability.

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San Diego's Westfield UTC Mall Will Charge For Parking Beginning Next Week

Jan. 21, 2019
By Tom Fudge

When you go to the mall, you expect to park for free for as long as you like. But that's not going to be the case at San Diego's Westfield UTC mall.

The homeless tent shelter at 16th Street and Ne...

San Diego Homeless Shelter Prepares For Rain

Jan. 14, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The head of one downtown homeless shelter which flooded last month, said they have the shelter "buttoned up" as another rainstorm hits San Diego this week.

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