Tom Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing.
Tom’s career in journalism spans twenty years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and author. He spent ten years in Asia — based in India, Hong Kong, and Japan — starting at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for The Boston Globe. 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 United States 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.
Tom received the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and was a 1996 fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation before taking a four-year plunge into Internet entrepreneurship, chronicled in his book “The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush.”
Raised on an Illinois farm, Tom studied American history at Yale and Gandhi’s independence movement at Andhra University, India. Before taking up journalism he worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in Alaska’s oil fields, a teaching fellow with the Yale-China Association, a Hong Kong television personality, and a producer of international editions of Chinese kung fu films.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is painting a dire portrait of the many ways the public will feel the effects of automatic federal spending cuts due to begin March 1.
Deconstructing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its monumental “Ode to Joy.” We get inside the music, and the world that inspired it.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” turns 50. We bring back Atticus, Scout and Boo Radley in Harper Lee’s great novel of race and justice.
As tension simmers over immigration in America, we look back to beginnings, and the Mexican-American War.
Could the United States live without offshore drilling for oil? As the Gulf Coast disaster unfolds, we ask the question. Plus, Al Gore to the class of 2010.
Rupert Murdoch — master of Fox News and a news empire — is going after The New York Times. We’ll look at a clash of titans.
Move over, Lucy. Here’s “Ardi,” a 4.4-million-year old hominid skeleton — our new, oldest relative. We’ll get the story.
Iran, nuclear weapons, and the Middle East. Is it never going to happen? Or is the US ready to accept, and put up what Hillary Clinton calls a “defense umbrella”?
We talk with primatologist Richard Wrangham about his theory that fire and cooking made humans human.
Obama at a hundred days. We’ll take stock and go deep with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and conservative thinker Pat Buchanan.