Tom Wilmer

Host of Journeys of Discovery

Host of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning NPR digital media travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, Wilmer has also produced the on-air travel show for KCBX since 1989, and served as digital-media travel host for KRML in Carmel, Calif.

The Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer podcast is also featured on the NPR ONE mobile app, iTunes, Stitcher.com, player.fm (UK) a selected "Best Travel Roundup Podcast" and more than 20 other podcast channels around the world. Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer travel show covers a wide array of subjects including agriculture, culture, arts, science, history and cuisine.

In addition to winning the 2015 & 2013 Lowell Thomas Award--Best Radio Travel Show, Wilmer is the recipient of more than a dozen prestigious industry awards for radio and video, and the prestigious Tourism Australia/QANTAS "Henry Lawson Travel Writing Award" for the best North American feature about Australia as a travel destination.

Wilmer was Travel Editor for Central Coast Magazine in California from its inception through 2008, and Travel Editor at Las Vegas Magazine (1998 - 2003), he has also been a frequent contributor to numerous upscale lifestyle magazines including Tahoe Quarterly, and Arizona Foothills, and former Home Section columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and locally has produced features for New Times, The Tribune and other regional publications.

Author of three books: Romancing the Coast, California Coast Getaways, and Wine Seekers Guide to Livermore Valley. Wilmer has also produced numerous lifestyle magazine features and more than 1,500 newspaper travel feature stories. His Knight Ridder Syndicate travel features have appeared in more than 40 North American newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

His on-location shows have ranged from the Arctic to African safaris, in the wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior II, flying in WWII bombers, navigating a micro light above Victoria Falls, sailing around Grenada, hiking through the wilds of Malaysian jungles and exploring remote atolls and isles throughout the South Pacific. His feature, recorded live at Harland & Wolfe Shipyards in Belfast Northern Ireland, celebrating the centenary of the launch of the Titanic was the recipient of a Best Travel award from Outdoor Writers Association of California.

Recent video/audio Awards:

  • First Place Award for Best Short Video- Pinnacles National Park 2015.
  • Wilmer and his video partner, Simo Nylander produced a video for National Park Service's Alcatraz Cruises 2015
  • In-depth video audio series for the Morro Bay National Marine Estuary Winner of 2015 "Best Outdoor Video"
  • Award from Outdoor Writers Association of California, along with "Best Short Video" award for Morro Bay Estuary Water Quality feature
  • Amgen California bike race commercial 2016
  • First Place "Best Outdoor Radio Feature" Saving Cecil's recorded live on location in Botswana
  • Second Place "Best Outdoor Radio Series" for Audubon Rowe Sandhill Cranes, First Federally Funded Wild Mustang Refuge, Heartland Shooting Range Grand Island, Nebraska. Awarded by Outdoor Writers Association of California

Professional Membership:

  • National Press Club, Washington D.C. (www.press.org)
  • Vice President (SF) Bay Area Travel Writers (www.batw.org)
  • Board of Directors Outdoor Writers Association of California (www.owac.org) 
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Award-winning film director and screenwriter, Max Barbakow grew up in Santa Barbara, California and graduated from The Thatcher School in nearby Ojai in 2007.

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Correspondent, Tom Wilmer explores the world of fresh ocean seafood with Morro Bay Commercial fisherman and restaurant owner, Mark Tognazzini, who talks about just what constitutes “fresh”, and the local fishermen who travel as far as 1,000 miles out to sea to catch pelagic fish such as Tuna and swordfish. 

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When Correspondent, Tom Wilmer cast off from the dock in downtown San Diego, bound for a whale watching adventure off the coast, he had no idea that meeting and visiting with the onboard naturalists would be just as fascinating as watching the whales.

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The town of Hot Springs, Arkansas is also a National Park, and by geographic area it's America's smallest Park. Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a visit with Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. 

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  Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is just an hour from the Capital City of Little Rock, but it’s light years away. 

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Japantown in the heart of downtown San Jose has been a vital part of Santa Clara Valley’s history since the 1890s. 

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Based on the California Central Coast, Ann-Terese Barket is on a mission to preserve family recipes. She developed the Food Archivist to assist families save and preserve ancestral recipes that historically have been passed down through the oral tradition. 

Broadcast date: 03/09/2016

The National Parks Conservation Association was established back in 1919 just three years after the formation of the National Park Service to protect and enhance our national parks. 

Broadcast date: 02/10/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer speaks with Jeff Dunster in Waikiki about the Reforestation Initiative: its roots, vision and efforts on the flanks of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, and upcoming projects on Oahu. 

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Broadcast date: 02/03/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to Santa Clara County, site of this Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. 

Broadcast date: 01/13/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Virginia to talk with retired Greyhound Bus driver Harry Messimer about the heyday of American bus transportation, his stint as a driver for Freedom Riders in 1961, and his collection of Greyhound memorabilia on display at the Roanoke Museum of Transportation.

Broadcast date: 01/06/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer talks to journalist, author, and adjunct Cal Poly instructor, Katya Cengel about her reporting on former child soldiers in Burma, child migrants in Guatemala, and other adventures.

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It’s that wonderful time of the year—holiday gatherings of family, friends and feasting—yet there are some families in our Central Coast communities that are unable to provide food not to mention Christmas gifts. That’s where the 15th annual Santa Ynez Valley Christmas Basket program steps in—this year is providing 156 local needy families in the Santa Ynez Valley with hampers of food, staples, toiletries as well as hand-selected gifts.

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Experience the Gingerbread Wonderland and the Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration this Saturday, December 5! It’s free and fun for kids all ages in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley wine country community of Los Olivos. 

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. 

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. 

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer travels to Paso Robles to visit winemakers who will be showcasing their Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Bordeaux varietals at the Cabs of Distinction in May. 

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Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from The Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa. The La Rose, located in the heart of the old town historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, and the historic hotels architectural charms. Wilmer then heads over to the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world.

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