Longtime New Mexico newsman Tom Trowbridge, whose smooth delivery and passion for politics made him a natural to cover the Capitol on radio, died late Monday, colleagues said.

He was 62.

Trowbridge led KSFR’s news coverage from 2017 until last month, when he joined New Mexico News Network, said Tazbah McCullah, the radio station’s general manager. While at KSFR, Trowbridge won several awards for his reporting.

According to a report on KSFR, Trowbridge died in his sleep, perhaps of a heart attack, after filing a report for New Mexico News Network.

His death was noted on Sen. Martin Heinrich’s Twitter feed, and the state Senate held a moment of silence during its session Wednesday.

“How incredibly sad,” Heinrich wrote. “I hear Tom Trowbridge’s voice so clearly. He was one of the best journalists in our state, and always asking probing questions.”

McCullah said Trowbridge’s interest in politics shone through in his reporting, and mixed with a rich voice drew in listeners.

“He exuded confidence, and that can capture the confidence of your listeners,” she said. “He certainly had a penchant for legislative and political reporting. Very few can do what he did in that area. He knew everybody, and he followed the Legislature’s ins and outs.”

Longtime New Mexico broadcaster Lorene Mills called Trowbridge an “old-school journalist” who “worked hard and got the story.”

Trowbridge, the father of two, was in radio on both coasts before arriving in New Mexico. He worked for stations in Albuquerque and Los Alamos. He worked as a public information officer for the state Department of Education and also spent time at the Department of Transportation.

“All throughout the day today, we’ve been receiving communiques from listeners and people. … Everyone is in shock,” McCullah said.

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Tom Ribe

Tom interviewed me about the Valles Caldera last year and I was impressed by his kindness and the research he did in advance of our talk on KSFR. I feel people like him who are dedicated to public radio are incredibly important members of our state community. He will be hard to replace as this work pays minimally, involves long hours indoors, and requires a knowledge of New Mexico. Thank you Tom for your dedication to truth and community.

Khal Spencer

It was always fun to show up at the college for Tom's KSFR morning wakeup show. Whether it was guns or bikes or traffic crashes, Tom was a great host and interviewer. He was a skilled bicycling advocate as well as a skilled newsman, once having been New Mexico State Bike Coordinator. He will be missed.

So long, my friend!

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan

Those of us in Albuquerque know his wonderful voice too- as part of KUNM news department. Too young to lose a dad and spouse.

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