Alumni Profile

Tom Bowman '77

Pentagon Reporter, National Public Radio

What did you appreciate most about your Saint Michael's College experience?

The small classes, the sense of community, and good-hearted people like Father Ray Doherty and John D. Donoghue, who gave me my first introduction to journalism.

What are you doing now?

I'm a Pentagon reporter at National Public Radio.

How do you apply what you learned at Saint Michael's College to your professional life?

I was a history major. Besides being able to synthesize information, my knowledge of American history helps me all the time in my job. Whether it's women in the military or a new medal, I can draw on what I've read to give context to the story.

What did you like about Saint Michael's location? Have you returned to campus?

Vermont! One of the most beautiful places in the nation. Skiing and hiking. Ive been back a few times, and miss that mountain air.

Who was your most memorable professor, or what was your favorite class?

Norb Kuntz. He brought history alive, pulled me out of my shell and helped me more than he ever knew. I think of him often.

What advice would you give new Saint Michael's students?

Take a variety of courses, get internships, and search for a job you love.

What would you like fellow alumni to know about you?

I'm heading to Afghanistan once again in May and I hope to catch up with classmate General Joe Dunford, commander of US and allied forces.

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