Welcome! My journalism career and curiosity about the world started while working as a copy boy for the Wall Street Journal. I’ve logged over a million miles in my travels across the globe, from Morocco to China, up to the Arctic Circle and across Southern Africa. In addition to overseas destinations, I often feature destinations around America focused on people, culture, arts, music, history, food, wine and spirits.
Most of the posts featured here are expanded versions of my regular KCBX/NPR Digital Media Podcast shows from the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast and on-air show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on KCBX.ORG, iTunes, NPR One (app), NPR.ORG Podcast Directory, player.fm (UK) and other podcast channels around the world.
Thanks for being here–Enjoy the trip!
Recent Adventures and Musings
Join correspondent Tom Wilmer as he embeds with Army Reserve troops during a training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. Wilmer observes and visits with soldiers during training operations to clear a minefield,... READ MORE
I recently met and interviewed the amazing Annette McGivney, author of “Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth.” McGivney is Southwest Editor for Backpacker Magazine and... READ MORE
Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Mark Lamers at his family owned dairy in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Lamers family started their dairy in a basement back in 1913. Evolving with consumer demands the fifth generation family-run... READ MORE
Join Chef Michael Vaughn at Urban Tavern in Union Square San Francisco. Chef Vaughn shares his passionate quest to push the envelope of sustainable sourcing and kitchen practices. A graduate of the... READ MORE
Tom Wilmer takes a walkabout in Appleton, Wisconsin with the Mayor, Timothy Hanna celebrating his 22nd year in office. Discover why the Fox Cities region has evolved to become a magnet for millennials... READ MORE
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, The Milwaukee Brewers’ Class “A” farm team has an incredibly passionate fan base. Appleton, Wisconsin and the entire Fox Cities region consider the Rattlers as “their team” but so do folk from... READ MORE
William Randolph Heart’s old ranch headquarters was constructed in 1930. Located a mere 11 miles as the crow flies from Hearst Castle. Hearst and architect Julia Morgan’s classic, Moorish/Mission Revival structure, dubbed... READ MORE
A mere taste of Colonel Norman’s diverse background with the U.S. Army includes service as Operations Officer 82nd Airborne, Provost Marshall Military Reserve Command, and the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. She also served as... READ MORE