Tom Goldman
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Tom Goldman

Correspondent, Sports

Tom Goldman is NPR's sports correspondent. His reports can be heard throughout NPR's news programming, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and NPR.org.

With a beat covering the entire world of professional sports, both in and outside of the United States, Goldman reporting covers the broad spectrum of athletics from the people to the business of athletics.

During his more than 20 years with NPR, Goldman has covered every major athletic competition including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, golf and tennis championships, and the Olympic Games.

His pieces are diverse and include both perspective and context. Goldman often explores people's motivations for doing what they do, whether it's solo sailing around the world or pursuing a gold medal. In his reporting, Goldman searches for the stories about the inspirational and relatable amateur and professional athletes.

Goldman contributed to NPR's 2009 Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and to a 2010 Murrow award for contribution to a series on high school football, "Friday Night Lives." Earlier in his career, Goldman's piece about Native American basketball players earned a 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.

In January 1990, Goldman came to NPR to work as an associate producer for sports with Morning Edition. For the next seven years he reported, edited and produced stories and programs. In June 1997, he became NPR's first full time sports correspondent.

For five years before NPR, Goldman worked as a news reporter and then news director in local public radio. In 1984, he spent a year living on an Israeli kibbutz. Two years prior he took his first professional job in radio in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot at the 2007 Masters tournament. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Golfer Arnold Palmer, Who Gave New Life To A Staid Game, Dies At 87

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Hackers Release Data On 25 More Athletes From 8 Countries

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Guide Wesley Williams (left) lines up blind long jumper and sprinter Lex Gillette on the track before making a long jump during practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego. Gillette started losing his sight when he was 8 years old. Bill Wechter for NPR hide caption

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For Blind Long Jumper At Paralympics, Success Depends On Teamwork

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Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos performed a Black Power salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Decades After An Iconic Protest, Tommie Smith Has Something Else On His Mind

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Athlete Activists Aren't New. Kaepernick Is Just The Latest

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2016 Summer Olympics Close. How Did Rio Do?

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Bolt Wins 8th Gold Medal; Eaton Repeats As Olympic Decathlon Winner

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When Swimmers Get Out Of Sync, The Result Can Be A Kick In The Head

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Doping Returns To Spotlight As Olympics Shift To Track And Field

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt Retains Title: World's Fastest Man

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Among Exciting Events, Shooting Emerges As A Boring Olympic Sport

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It Was A Gold Day For The USA In Rio Summer Olympics

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Gold medalists, left to right, Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith and Maya DiRado of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the women's 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay final Wednesday. Clive Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Swimmers Dominate Rio Olympics In Exceptional Showing

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Crowd Boos Russian Swimmer Caught Up In Doping Scandal

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In Rio Olympics, Swimmers Katie Ledecky And Michael Phelps Win Gold

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