Tom owned and edited a small group of community newspapers in Western Illinois. He earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa at Iowa City and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a past president of the Illinois Press Association. Tom has hosted a public affairs show on KISU-FM, the NPR station for southeast Idaho, located on the campus of Idaho State University, Pocatello.
Tom and his wife Cathy have three grown children, and a somewhat domesticated Standard Schnauzer. He He collects presidential campaign buttons, plays the Scottish smallpipes with more enthusiasm than talent, and flies small airplanes with considerably more skill than his struggles with the bagpipes might predict.
Kaomi is an award-winning journalist whose love for telling stories began during her childhood in Minnesota, where she spent countless hours writing and illustrating "books" with reams of paper requested from her parents. These days, her focus is decidedly on non-fiction, believing that some of the best stories to be told are true. Her work for the WSHU Public Radio Group is foused on Fairfield County, but she is heard regularly on all of our frequencies as well as on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She's also reported for Planet Money, The World, Marketplace, Latino USA and WNYC's Studio 360. Kaomi is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.