Tom Michael is General Manager of Boise State Public Radio, and as the executive director of the radio network, he is responsible for its management and leadership.
In February 2018 he helped launch the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of six public media organizations across five states, and serves as its managing director. In April 2018 he helped launch “Idaho Matters,” a weekday public affairs program, and serves as one of its executive producers.
Tom arrived here in 2016 with more than a decade of experience in public media management, as the founder of Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio, building them from the ground up. In 2015 and 2016, his news department there won the largest number of regional Edward R. Murrow Awards among radio stations of its class. It also won a National Murrow Award in 2016 for investigative reporting.
Tom speaks at national media conferences and has participated on review panels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including "The Future of Public Media" in 2015, a gathering of thought-leaders in journalism.