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 Travel Editor 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 including Tahoe Quarterly, and Arizona Foothills.
Author of three books Romancing the Coast, California Coast Getaways, and Wine Seekers Guide to Livermore Valley (2010) and numerous lifestyle magazine features (including a five-year stint as travel editor for Las Vegas Magazine), and more than 1,500 newspaper travel columns, and Knight Ridder Syndicate pieces appearing in more than 40 North American newspapers, including the Toronto Star.
He is also author of the travel book,
Host of the weekly Lowell Thomas Award-winning 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.The podcast is also featured on the NPR ONE app, iTunes, Stitcher.com, player.fm (UK) a selected “Best Travel Roundup Podcast” and numerous other podcast sites.The NPR digital media Podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer–winner of the coveted Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Radio Show in 2013 & 2015. Recipient of numerous awards for radio and video, most coveted, and personally meaningful, was winning the prestigious $10,000 (US) Tourism Australia/QANTAS Henry Lawson Travel Writing award.
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer travel show covers a wide array of subjects from vintners, including Jerry Lohr, Jim Concannon, tothe legendary savior of Australia’s Barossa Valley, Peter Lehmann of Peter Lehmann Wines. Additionally, on-location shows range from the Arctic to African safaris, in the wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior II, flying in WWII bombers, navigating 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.
2015 Lowell Thomas Award for NPR Podcast series on Montserrat Island
In honoring Thomas Wilmer’s work, the judges said: “Discover Montserrat” magnificently captured, in a three-part series, the history of this Caribbean island and its current rebirthing following a volcanic explosion. Thomas Wilmer detailed how the government is working to ensure the island remains an unspoiled rain forest paradise. The added bonus in this exciting piece was the music connection with rock legends and local personalities. This is bright and informative journalism.
LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION 2013
Lowell Thomas Award 2013 SILVER Travel Broadcast
Gold: Rick Steves, “Travel With Rick Steves”
Silver: Thomas C. Wilmer, “King Biscuit Blues Festival,” National Public Radio/KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA Judge’s 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.”
Listen to: 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.
Listen to: 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 Recorded live in Belfast, Northern Ireland). 2nd Place, “Redding-Shasta California–Best Conference Related radio series” 2012 OWAC. He was among the three finalists for the Writer of the Year award, 2012 OWAC. His Pinnacles National Park video won the 2015 1st Place “Best Short Video” at the spring Outdoor Writers Association of California Conference held at Big Bear Lake, California.
Wilmer’s Digital Media travel show “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” is featured weekly on NPR.ORG. Listen here.
Wilmer’s “Aussie Drovers” story in Cowboys & Indians Magazine won Australia’s prestigious Tourism Australia/Qantas Henry Lawson Travel Writing Award 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 a “Best Magazine Feature”award by Outdoor Writers Association of California in 2007.
Thomas C. Wilmer’s 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!
Professional affiliations include:
National Press Club, Washington D.C.
Board of Directors Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC.ORG)
Vice President, Bay Area Travel Writers Association (San Francisco) (BATW.ORG)
Past NPR Community Advisory Board Member for affiliates, KCBX & KSBX