Tom Felle is Associate Professor in the Discipline of Journalism and Communication at the University of Galway, and a former journalist.
Originally from Galway, Ireland he has worked as a journalist in Europe, Australia and the Middle East and is a regular contributor on political and foreign policy issues to a number of national and international media organisations.
He is author of the textbook How to Write Good and Spell Proper (Lettertec, 2019); a number of book chapters on the media, and is co-editor of a number of books, including Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act (2015, Manchester University Press); and Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism and Data Journalism: Mapping the Future (2015, Abramis). He was appointed by the Irish Government to sit on a national expert committee examining the Freedom of Information Act in Ireland in 2013.
He began his career as a cadet reporter with the Connacht Tribune and worked from 2000 to 2006 as a journalist and regional correspondent with the Independent Newspapers group in Dublin, Ireland and for two years in Sydney, Australia, as deputy editor of the Irish Echo newspaper. He spent a year living and working in Beirut, Lebanon, following the Israeli Hezbollah war in 2006/07, as Bureau Chief of the Leb News Agency.
He is an accomplished photo-journalist and has won awards for his photography.
He played representative rugby for Connacht and was presented with a gold Gaisce (youth achievement) award by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, in 1998. In December 2007 he was presented with a State service medal by the late Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lt General Dermot Earley.
He has contributed to a number of broadcasting organisations including the BBC, SBS television (Australia), and Newstalk, Today FM, RTE and TV3 in Dublin, Ireland. He continues to be an occasional contributor to the Sunday Business Post in Dublin, and is an occasional guest panelist for various broadcasters.
He holds a BSc Communications from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), a masters degree in European politics and a postgraduate diploma in education. He is currently researching a PhD.
He lives in Galway.