Tom Hall

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Plenary Speaker - Online Event

Tom Hall is the host of Midday, the highly rated news and public policy program that features interviews with elected officials and community leaders, as well as thought provoking authors, artists, researchers, journalists, and scholars from around the world.  He is the winner of a 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, one of journalism’s most prestigious honors.

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. 

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. 

His publications include articles in the Baltimore Sun, Style 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.



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