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

IFL Science

Our Planet is Getting Saltier, and That’s Very Bad News

Roasted turkey garnished with cranberries on a rustic style table decoraded with pumpkins, gourds, asparagus, brussel sprouts, baked vegetables, pie, flowers, and candles.

Eight ‘Always’ Rules for Holiday Food Safety

Follow these steps for a safe holiday meal, and you'll definitely be thankful

Gov. Wilbur Cross, center, signs the bill that made Connecticut Agricultural College the Connecticut State College in 1933.

A Connecticut Classic: The 1936 Thanksgiving Proclamation of Wilbur Cross

Gov. Wilbur Cross - who played a crucial role in UConn history - was known for his eloquent Thanksgiving proclamations

The New Yorker

Why Are Millennials Still Attached to American Girl?

Blackboard with the chemical formula of Ketamine.

Ketamine Can Rapidly Reduce Symptoms of PTSD and Depression, New Study Finds

The treatment may be especially beneficial for people with severe symptoms who need urgent care

As part of opening night festivities on Nov. 6, the UConn men's basketball team unveiled its 2023 National Championship banner at Gampel Pavilion in a pregame ceremony.

A Banner Day for UConn

The 2023 NCAA championship banner was unveiled before a record crowd for the men's home opener at Gampel Pavilion

A happy child in a yellow shirt lifts his arms while sitting at a table, with an apple and a glass of milk in front of him.

Federal Nutrition Assistance for Young Children: Under-utilized and Unequally Accessed

Only 3 out of 5 licensed childcare centers in low-income areas participate in CACFP, despite great needs in the community

A young child holds a glass of milk.

Disclosing Product Ingredients on Children’s Drink Packages Helps Correct Misperceptions About Ingredients

Requiring companies to indicate added sugar, diet sweeteners and percent juice on the front of children’s fruit-flavored drinks may reduce children’s sweetened fruit drink consumption

A young father sits on a carpeted floor, spoonfeeding his infant child.

UConn School of Social Work’s Innovations Institute Expands Expertise to Promote the Well-being of Infants and Young Children

'For some children the need for mental health support—and the questions their parents have around social and emotional development—start well before school'

National Geographic

It’s Good to Feel Bad After Your COVID Shot