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Tom Michael

General Manager

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. His most recent focus is on digital transformation, long-term financial stability and a more inclusive workplace.

In February 2018 he helped launch the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of five 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. He further expanded the newsroom with grants for a reporter in South Central Idaho and a reporter covering gun issues.

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. 

Tom is the president of Western States Public Radio, a regional group of station leaders, and a board member of the Idaho Press Club. He speaks at national media conferences and throughout the community.