Tom Ashbrook

Journalist & Host, NPR’s On Point

Tom Ashbrook is the award-winning host of WBUR & NPR’s On Point. Prior to On Point, Tom served as The Boston Globe’s deputy managing editor after reporting extensively from Asia. Raised on a farm in Illinois, Tom graduated from Yale having studied American history. Before taking up journalism, his career span included work as a dynamiter in Alaska’s oil fields, a teaching fellow with the Yale-China association and a producer of international editions of Chinese kung fu films.


On Point airs live, weekdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 90.9 WBUR, Boston and on hundreds of NPR stations across the country. On Point is a production of 90.9 WBUR, Boston for NPR. Visit On Point at, follow On Point Radio on Facebook and Twitter @OnPointRadio.