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Tom Hall


Host, Midday  (M-F 12:00-1:00)

What are You Reading? (4th Friday of the month, at 4:44) 

Tom Hall is the host of Midday, the highly rated news and public policy program that features interviews with elected officials, community leaders, as well as thought provoking authors, artists, researchers, journalists, and scholars from around the world.

Tom joined the WYPR staff as the Host of Choral Arts Classics in 2003. After 10 years as the Culture Correspondent and then host of Maryland Morning, Tom became the host of Midday in September, 2016.  In 2020, Tom and the Midday team won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award, one of journalism’s most prestigious awards.

Tom is also the Host of What Are You Reading? on WYPR.  He has also hosted the Maryland Morning Screen Test, and the WYPR/MD Film Festival Spotlight Series. In 2006, as the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom received an Emmy Award for Christmas with Choral Arts, a special that aired on WMAR television, the ABC affiliate in Maryland, for 21 years.  He has been a guest co-host of Maryland Public Television’s Art Works, and in 2007, he was named “Best New Broadcast Journalist” by the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2009, the Baltimore City Paper named him "Best Local Radio Personality." In 2016, 2017 and 2019 he was recognized as "Best Talk Show Host" in the Baltimore Magazine Reader’s Poll.

Tom has been invited to speak and moderate public forums at Johns Hopkins University, the University of MD and UMBC, Morgan State University, the MD Institute College of Art, the Creative Alliance, the Baltimore City Lit Festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the Stoop Storytelling Series, the Enoch Pratt Library, the Chestnut Grove Speakers Series, the Bolton Street Synagogue, the Ivy Bookshop, the Great Talks Series, the Phi Beta Kappa Political Forum, the Hamilton Street Club, the Baltimore Women’s Forum, the First Amendment Society, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, the Baltimore Broadcasters Coalition and the College Endowment Association.  He has also moderated Mayoral Debates, panels at Light City in Baltimore, and at the Stevenson University Speakers Series.

He appears each year as the moderator of the Rosenberg-Blaustein Distinguished Artist Recital Series at Goucher College. His publications include articles in the Baltimore SunStyle Magazine, and Baltimore Magazine, and he is the co-author of The Bach Passions in Our Time:  Contending with the Legacy of Antisemitism, published by the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.

Tom Hall lives in Baltimore, with his wife, Linell Smith.  Their daughter, Miranda, is a playwright.    @tomhallWYPR