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

People visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC on February 26, 2020. - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC, the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.

Combating Antisemitism Today: Holocaust Education in the Era of Twitter and TikTok

As a first step, educators can promote media literacy


Home Visits Helped Improve Attendance in Schools, New Report Shows

The UConn Hartford Career Fair in January, 2020.

In-Person Career Fair Returns to UConn Hartford

The event offers opportunities for the Greater Hartford community to connect with employers

A photo from 1947 showing four men standing in front of a sapling tree, a "grandson" of the fabled Charter Oak.

UConn Library’s Connecticut Digital Archive Receives Connecticut Humanities Partnership Grant to Build Local Histories

'My Town, My Story' will help CT public libraries build digital collections of local history and memory

From left, 2023-24 American Sign Language (ASL) Community Housing Coordinator Vivian London, 2022-23 ASL Community Housing Coordinator Lauren Gobler and Watson Hall Resident Assistant Teanna Minott have a conversation in ASL outside of Watson Hall—the current home of UConn’s ASL Community Housing.

Signs of the Times: New Housing Option Connects Students through American Sign Language

'It’s just great to expose yourself to more than what the textbook is showing you'

The Hidden Brain Podcast

An Ancient Solution to Modern Problems

TV Ontario

Do Rituals Give Life Greater Meaning?

Woman consulting with doctor about future health condition.

Voluntary Sterilization: What Is It?

How a legacy of forced sterilization shapes doctor-patient conversations today


How the Sandy Hook Massacre Became a Pivot Point for Misinformation

People display portraits of Sandy Hook elementary school shooting victims as they take part in the March for Our Lives in New York on March 24, 2018.

Ten Years After Sandy Hook, Alex Jones is Being Held Accountable for Spreading Falsehoods

... but those sorts of lies now plague the US, writes Assistant Journalism Professor Amanda Crawford