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.
I was dragged kicking and screaming onto the web after friends and publishers insisted it was time for me to enter the new millennium by creating a web site. I finally agreed. Although, to be honest, I’d rather be looking at the world than having the world look at me. Regardless, I thank you for being here. I hope you enjoy your stay.
Thomas C. Wilmer’s writings and photography have appeared in numerous North American lifestyle magazines and more than 40 newspapers (Knight Ridder Wire Service), as well as London based Prestige Magazine. Additionally, his photography has appeared in numerous magazines, including a Bora Bora, Tahiti photo-spread in the upscale Italian based Luxury Files.
Wilmer was a Travel Columnist for Central Coast Magazine in California from its inception through 2008, and Travel Editor at Las Vegas Magazine (1998 – 2003), and frequent contributor to numerous upscale lifestyle magazines.
He is also author of the travel book, Romancing the Coast—Romantic Inns and Resorts Along the California Coast, and California Coast Getaways (2006 Riverwood Books—available on Amazon), and California Coast Getaways (1994).
Host of the weekly NPR Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, his multiple award-winning on-air radio travel show Audiolog has aired over National Public Radio affiliate stations KCBX, KSBX & KNBX (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey Counties) since 1989. Audiolog has featured numerous California and Australian vintners, including Jerry Lohr, Doug Meador, Jim Concannon, Gary Eeberle, and the legendary savior of Australia’s Barossa Valley, Peter Lehmann of Peter Lehmann Wines. Additionally, travel destination shows have featured exotic spots around the globe, from the Arctic to African safaris, joining the crew aboard the Rainbow Warrior, flying in WWII bombers, flying a microlight above Victoria Falls, sailing around Grenada, hiking through the wilds of Malaysian jungles and exploring remote atolls and isles throughout the South Pacific.
Awards and Acknowledgements
LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION 2013
Lowell Thomas Award 2013 SILVER Category 20: Travel Broadcast — Audio (15)
Gold: Rick Steves, “Travel With Rick Steves”
Silver: Thomas C. Wilmer, “King Biscuit Blues Festival,” National Public Radio/KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA Judges Comments: “This is a wonderful example of event-based storytelling that makes the audience feel as if they were actually in Helena, Ark., hearing the blues music. This ambient voice-driven piece is a refreshing listen. It was well produced and cleanly edited, but the use of natural sound throughout is what made it great.”
Part 1 The Legendary King Biscuit Blues Festival: The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas is a premier festival for blues fans as well as bluesmen from the region and around the country. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Helena, Arkansas as he visits with the founders of the “Biscuit’ blues festival.he will also visit with other key personalities in the Delta Blues world. Also featured is an exploration of the regional cuisine of the Mississippi River Delta region where fried anything is fair game. Part 2: Join correspondent Tom Wilmer on location at the Biscuit, as he visits with blues musicians Kenny Neal, Roy Rogers, Samantha Fish, Chris O’Leary, and more.
Wilmer’s NPR.ORG Podcast won first Place Best Radio Feature 2013 for the series on wildlife in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas from Outdoors Writers Association of California. First Place–Best Radio Series for “Birth of Titanic” 2012 )OWAC, 2nd Place, Best Conference Related radio series 2012 OWAC, and he was among the three finalists for the Writer of the Year award 2012 OWAC.
Wilmer’s radio travel show is now featured on the NPR’s Podcast site Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=5593978 Every week a new travel show is showcased on the Podcast site.
Thomas C. Wilmer’s newest book, The Wine Seeker’s Guide to Livermore Valley, received the Best Guidebook Award, 3rd place, by the Outdoor Writers Association of California in May 2011! Visit Amazon.com for more about the book!Wilmer was also awarded Santa Cruz County Conference & Convention Council’s PRIDE AWARD in 1993 for “Outstanding contributions to the enhancement of Santa Cruz County as a visitor destination”.
Wilmer’s “Aussie Drovers” story in the October 2006 issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine won Australia’s Tourism Australia/Qantas Henry Lawson Travel Writing Award contest in January 2007 for the Best North American magazine feature on Australia. The award included a $10,000 trip for two Down Under. Additionally, Aussie Drovers won 2nd place for “Best Magazine Feature” by Outdoor Writers Association of California in 2007.
Professional affiliations include:
Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
Member Board of Directors Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC)
Bay Area Travel Writers Association (San Francisco), where he is a member of the Board of Directors (BATW)
Past NPR Community Advisory Board Member for affiliates, KCBX & KSBX