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
Tim Nichols’s family has been making Appalachian moonshine for more than six generations. Join Tim at Appalachian Heritage Distillery in Bristol, Tennessee for the inside story–and discover how the former NASCAR race driver morphed... READ MORE
Correspondent Tom Wilmer, reports from Wisconsin where he discovers a last hope option for unadoptable dogs and cats. There are two standard options for dogs and cats that arrive at shelters and pounds:... READ MORE
Shaanxi Province in Northwestern China is just south of Inner Mongolia. Join me for a visit with Paul Su and Simon Zhang as they talk about China’s relationship with countries around the world;... READ MORE
Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast serves as a memorable educational experience for resort guests. But Dolphin Quest’s unsung program is educational field trips for Hawaii’s school children. Kids experience hands-on lessons in... READ MORE
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