Please join me in congratulating Tom Bier on his retirement. He served Madison and the news industry for more than 40 years.
Tom has had such a tremendous career. He served as an industry leader as the chair of RTDNA (for anyone not in news, it's the same group that honors journalists with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.)
He's done much more than that during his tenure at WISC and Morgan Murphy Media. He's led the newsroom and the station in several innovative endeavors and helped the station achieve countless accolades. He is one of the reasons WISC is known around the country for being a legacy station in a vibrant city.
Tom is incredibly ethical and very generous. He's the kind of guy who expects you to look him in the eye and give him a firm handshake. He wants to be in the room when you sign your contract. He wants to know you're committed to upholding the standards of the station and he wants to ensure you're in it for the community.
I'll miss Tom. I'm so humbled and honored to work at WISC. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this newsroom and follow the path paved by so many great journalists and thought leaders.