Tom Wilmer

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Lowell Thomas Award-winning broadcaster, writer and author, Tom Wilmer, has been a KCBX travel correspondent since 1989. Wilmer files regularly scheduled on-air reports from around the Central Coast, across America, and overseas. Specializing in culture, history, architecture, food and wine, Wilmer also hosts a weekly NPR.ORG Podcast—“Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer”, and produces weekly content for the KRML fm/am (Carmel CA) digital media Travel Channel.  

Tom's writings and photography have appeared in numerous North American lifestyle magazines and more than 40 newspapers (Knight Ridder Wire Service), as well as London based Prestige Magazine. Additionally, his photography has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including a recent spread in the upscale Italian based Luxury Files. Three of his photographs are featured in the 2009 Inyo County Visitors Guidebook.

Wilmer was a Travel Columnist for Central Coast Magazine in California from its inception through 2008, and Travel Editor at Las Vegas Magazine (1998 – 2003).

He is also author of the travel book, Romancing the Coast—Romantic Inns and Resorts Along the California Coast, and California Coast Getaways (2006 Riverwood Books—available on Amazon), and California Coast Getaways (1994). Wilmer was also a contributing writer for Caribbean guidebook author Kay Showker.

Broadcast date: 11/4/2015

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, reporting from Alcatraz Island, as he visits with members of the National Park Service about the myth, legend and lore of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which attracts more than 1.4 million visitors annually!

Broadcast date: 10/14/2015

The city is in the midst of an amazing renaissance, and is fast becoming an alluring destination, not only for tourists from around the country and around the world, but a permanent destination for young techies, high tech corporations such as Pandora, and the soon to be completed headquarters for Sunset Magazine.

Broadcast date: 10/07/2015

Delivery methods for NPR content are evolving. 

Broadcast: 9/2/2015

Tom Wilmer introduces us to Naomi Howard, who explains how she’s created a “greater good” company, specializing in sustainable products, much of it from recycled materials

Car Free LA

Aug 27, 2015

Broadcast: 08/26/2015

The Los Angeles tourism board has launched an eco-friendly initiative designed to showcase the city’s car-free offerings. 

Broadcast date: 08/12/2015

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for an illuminating conversation with Cindy Ransik and Mike Farris with the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society’s Museum. 

Broadcast Date: 08/05/2015

This week, Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer went to summer camp at The Circle V Ranch Camp. 

Broadcast Date: 08/05/2015

Our guest today is Michael J Strand, an Associate Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. 

Correspondent Tom Wilmer talks with Michael Govan, director of the L.A. County Museum of Art, one of America’s largest encyclopedic art museums.

When the Inn at Morro Bay first opened back in 1960, it was affectionately known as the Golden Tee Resort Lodge, and it touted modern amenities such as in-room direct dial phones. 

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Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Benicia, California, situated 35 miles northeast of San Francisco. One of California’s oldest towns, Benicia was established a year before the 1848 Gold Rush, and it has remained a vibrant part of California’s history ever since.

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Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer and PG&E Meteorologist, John Lindsey as they talk about Central Coast weather, and climate change.

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Join KCBX Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, in Fredericksburg, Texas for a visit with the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, Four Star General, Michael Haggee at the National Museum of the Pacific War which is also the home of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Then head over to Quantico, Virginia for a visit with Mike Miller, the Marine Corps’ archivist and historian at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center.

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Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he explores the world of Chardonnay and The International Chardonnay Symposium, May 28-30, with Winemakers Eric Johnson of Talley Vineyards and Mike Sinor of Sinor La Vallee, along with Wine Director, Robin Puricello of Foremost Wine Bar & Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. You’ll hear about the amazing panel discussions, winemaker dinners and two grand tastings coming to Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, California this month.

Exploring Morro Bay

May 6, 2015
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At the far end of town is the Morro Bay State Park.