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Covering Minnesota politics is undoubtedly one of the most captivating beats in the United States. The state boasts a rich history of electing unique individuals to prominent political positions. From Olympic hockey players to professional wrestlers, and even a former ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian who secured a seat in the U.S. Senate, Minnesota politics offer a continuous stream of intriguing narratives. Dull moments are a rarity in this vibrant political landscape.
Tom’s journey into the realm of journalism and broadcasting began in September 1992 when he joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. Prior to that, he had gained valuable experience through reporting and news anchoring roles in Austin, Minnesota; Fort Myers, Florida; and Des Moines, Iowa. Initially, he covered the law enforcement beat in the Twin Cities, but in 1997, he transitioned into the dynamic world of Minnesota politics. Tom also takes the lead in hosting the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS “At Issue” public affairs program on Sunday mornings. In 2002, he further demonstrated his prowess by authoring “Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura,” a book that chronicles the remarkable four-year term of Governor Jesse Ventura.
Tom’s educational background is as impressive as his professional journey. He graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Later, in 1992, he pursued and earned a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
His commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed, as Tom has received several awards for his news reporting. Notably, he’s been honored with Emmy awards for his coverage of the plane crash of Senator Paul Wellstone and his contributions to solving the 1970 murder of St. Paul Police Officer Jim Sackett. In 2007, he received the St. Paul Police Department’s prestigious “Chief’s Award” for his outstanding reporting on the Sackett case, a recognition that stands as one of the highest civilian honors within the department. Tom’s talent extends beyond news reporting, as he’s also garnered two Emmys as the television host of the Minnesota State High School Hockey tournament on KSTC-TV, Channel 45. His dedication to the industry was cemented in 2014 when he was inducted into the “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, acknowledging his significant contributions to the television industry spanning over 25 years.
On a personal note, Tom’s roots are deeply embedded in Minnesota, as he was born in Minneapolis and raised in Edina. He’s a proud graduate of Edina West High School. In the Twin Cities, he resides with his wife and four children. Beyond his journalism career, Tom actively engages in various community and charitable activities. He served as the 2019 chairman of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee, dedicated to honoring the top college hockey player in the nation. Additionally, he plays a crucial role on the Diamond Awards Committee, in collaboration with the Minnesota Twins and the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center, contributing to vital research and care for brain, nerve, and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota.
Tom’s interests are as diverse as his career achievements. He enjoys crafting his backyard hockey rink, diving into the world of literature, perfecting his golf swing, and hitting the pavement for long runs. Remarkably, he’s completed an impressive 29 marathons, a testament to his enduring determination and commitment to excellence.