David Norse, the first openly gay Presbyterian pastor ordained in Philadelphia, opens up about integrating his LGBT identity with his Christian faith.
My name is Tom. I’m passionate about telling people’s stories. I’m an award-winning multi-platform content producer based in Philadelphia. I studied journalism at Temple University and Delaware County Community College, and I’m available for freelance work.
My byline can be found at NBC Sports Philadelphia, Delaware County Daily Times, PA Prep Live, NBC Olympics, and Philadelphia Neighborhoods.com.
I fell in love with traditional and non-traditional storytelling during my time at university, where I worked as the web editor for The Temple News and covered religion for Philadelphia Neighborhoods. For six years, I covered Philadelphia professional and collegiate sports for NBC Sports Philadelphia. Currently, I’m a Digital Media Producer for CBSPhilly.com.
I’ve been fortunate to tell stories that I’m proud of telling. There was profiling the first openly gay Presbyterian pastor ordained in Philadelphia; a feature on Humboldt Broncos crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki; a long-form profile of a small-town punk rocker who found creative freedom during the 1990s squatting scene in Philadelphia; and a feature on a Temple student who suffers from addiction, their recovery and Prevention Point Philadelphia, the city’s syringe-exchange program.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and taking advantage of Philly’s vibrant music scene. My favorite album is Dave Hause’s 2017 “Bury Me in Philly,” as it’s a record that preaches hope and perfectly captures what it’s like to be a Philadelphian. I also enjoy a Netflix binge, walking around Philly, and black coffee.
Think we can tell a story together? Drop me a line here.