Adjunct Faculty, BA Program
Tim is a veteran broadcaster, having spent over 21 years with National Public Radio in San Francisco and Washington, DC, first as a reporter and, later, as the executive producer of cultural programming. Tim spent another eight years as the Director of Programming for WETA-FM, the DC areas classical and NPR News station. During that period, he was involved in the start-up of the Public Radio Program Director’s Association where he served as Board Member and Treasurer, before returning to NPR in 1993.
Over the years, his programs for NPR and WETA have garnered numerous awards including a two Peabody’s, radio’s most distinguished honor, five New York Festival “Gold” Awards, and a Gabriel Award.
Tim moved to Santa Barbara in 1997 while continuing with NPR. He joined American Public Media in 2002 to co-create the network’s “Weekend America” weekly news magazine in Los Angeles. Returning to Santa Barbara in 2004, he became the Executive Director of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. In February 2010, he joined the Santa Barbara Foundation as the Executive Vice-President & General Manager of KDB 93.7FM. When KDB was sold in 2014, Tim became a media consultant for the Foundation. He also began teaching “Writing for Broadcasting & New Media” at Antioch University Santa Barbara.
Tim received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara where he spent four years working at the campus radio station KCSB including serving as the station’s General Manager.
Tim is married to Rebecca Amundsen and has a daughter from a previous marriage who lives part-time in Montecito and Italy with her husband Marco and Tim’s two grandsons.