Director of News and Editorial Communications

Tom Breen

Tom Breen has been at UConn since 2012, serving as a news writer, deputy spokesperson, manager for special projects, UConn Today editor, and, as of January 2021, director of news and editorial communications. Prior to UConn, he worked as a reporter for The Associated Press, covering health care, religion, and state government in West Virginia and North Carolina, and before the AP, he worked at newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is the author of two books about Christianity and contemporary culture, and has published short fiction in many periodicals and anthologies. A second-generation Husky, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2000. He is the co-founder of the award-winning UConn 360 podcast and has given presentations on UConn history to community groups throughout Connecticut. He lives in Manchester, is active in volunteer organizations, and recommends that you try the coconut flavor at the Dairy Bar.

Author Archive

The New York Times Book Review

How German Atheists Made America Great Again

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UConn Gives: Countless Reasons to Get Involved

Show your UConn pride and support Huskies for years to come

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UConn Celebrates Promotion and Tenure of 91 Faculty

Evaluations for promotion, tenure, and reappointment apply the highest standards of professional achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service for each faculty member evaluated

The UConn Huskies hoist the NCAA national championship trophy.

Twice as Nice

Back-to-back champions for UConn Nation

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Storing Firearms at Home: What UConn Experts Say

Guns are the leading cause of death of children in the United States

NBC Connecticut

UConn Addresses Hate with New Pop-Up Courses

MindShift (KQED)

Listening to Black Girls to Cultivate Belonging in Middle and High School

NBC Connecticut

Program Aims to Increase Number of Spanish-Speaking Social Workers in the State

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The Kratom Controversy: Nearly 2 Million Americans Are Using a Substance Banned in Multiple States

The FDA says kratom is addictive and warns against its use, while it can be found online and in smoke shops and gas stations

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AI ‘Companions’ Promise to Combat Loneliness, but History Shows the Danger of One-Way Relationships

As the pandemic showed, technology alone is not sufficient to address the complexities of public health