Tom Ashbrook Makes Spokane Part of "Listening to America" Tour May 12

On Point’s host, Tom Ashbrook, comes to Spokane on May 12 on his Listening to America tour. His visit is a fundraiser for Spokane Public Radio.

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, is coming to Spokane to tape an upcoming program as part of his "Listening To America" Tour.

The SPR fundraiser takes place at the Bing on May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available beginning Feb. 2 at TicketsWest. This evening is also SPR's annual thank-you event, appreciating volunteers and underwriters that have worked with the station in the last year; General Admission tickets will be available for them at the SPR front desk at 1229 N. Monroe Street.

The evening includes a Q&A Session.

Ashbrook’s career in journalism spans over 20 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, author and radio host/interviewer. 

The nationwide talk show On Point airs weekdays on KSFC 91.9 FM at 8 a.m. (repeats at 10 p.m.) and 9 a.m. (repeats at 4 p.m.)

Tom came to public radio in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. NPR and WBUR-Boston asked the distinguished newspaper reporter to help provide special coverage. He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the U.S. and around the world, from Somalia and Rwanda to Russia and the Balkans. At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War.

“Our country is divided and, post-election, we’ve simply got to talk things out,” Tom said when announcing his 2017 Listening tour. “Every day on the show, we draw passionate listeners and live callers from across all ages and political categories. This first-ever national tour is a major initiative to do one thing: listen. To probe. To navigate the ground between left and right and look for what unites us all.”

Thanks also to the evening's Event Donors: MTR Communications, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sam Rodell, Architects.