Tom has worked as a reporter for Spokane Public Radio since 2003. He says he has a passion for the use and misuse of the English language, story-telling, finding something interesting in the mundane, learning and performing great music, trying to understand the dynamics between people, hummingbirds, honeybees and cooking. Tom has been an air host for All Things Considered, a board operator and guest for pledge drives, roustabout and day laborer for record sales, and primarily a reporter.
Tom says that he fell into journalism by accident. His college major was Finance, but he drifted into print journalism and then was pulled into broadcasting by natural aptitudes and opportunities. He explains he was fortunate enough to have worked a stint as a congressional aide for Charlie Wilson and later worked an 8 year term as an afternoon news anchor for one of the major news outlets in Houston, Texas.
Tom wants listeners to know that he tries to find stories that are just a little bit different, unusual, largely ignored or not yet trendy, and then write and tell them in a way that respects listeners’ intelligence.