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Tom Goldman is a prominent sports correspondent at NPR, where his insightful reports are featured across various NPR news programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, in addition to being available on NPR.org.
With an expansive beat that encompasses the entire world of professional sports, both within and beyond the United States, Goldman’s reporting delves into the multifaceted realm of athletics, from the individuals involved to the intricate business aspects of the sports world.
Over the course of his nearly 30 years with NPR, Tom Goldman has been a prominent presence at major athletic events. His coverage extends to iconic competitions such as the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, golf and tennis championships, and the Olympic Games. What sets his reporting apart is the depth of perspective and context he provides. Goldman often explores the motivations and stories behind athletes’ endeavors, whether they’re undertaking solo voyages around the world or striving for a coveted gold medal. His reporting captures the essence of inspirational and relatable amateur and professional athletes alike.
Tom Goldman’s contributions to NPR have garnered well-deserved recognition. His coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics contributed to NPR’s 2009 Edward R. Murrow award. He also played a significant role in a 2010 Murrow Award-winning series on high school football titled “Friday Night Lives.” Earlier in his career, his piece on Native American basketball players earned him the 2004 Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award from the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University and a 2004 Unity Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Tom’s journey with NPR began in January 1990 when he joined as an associate producer for sports with Morning Edition. Over the next seven years, he reported, edited, and produced stories and programs. In June 1997, he achieved the distinction of becoming NPR’s first full-time sports correspondent.
Before NPR, for five years, he served as a news reporter and later as a news director in local public radio. In 1984, he had the unique experience of living on an Israeli kibbutz, and two years prior, he embarked on his initial professional radio role in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Alaska Public Radio Network. Tom Goldman’s journey in broadcasting reflects his commitment to capturing the captivating stories within the world of sports and beyond.