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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Saturday Sports: A Winning Streak And A Losing Streak

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NFL Players Union Works To Block Illinois Workers' Comp Bill

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Super Bowl Victory Is Decided In OT: Patriots Beat Falcons 34-28

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Saturday Sports: What To Watch For During The Super Bowl

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Political Divisions Could Put Damper On Super Bowl Merriment

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What To Expect On Super Bowl Sunday

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U.S. men's national soccer team coach Bruce Arena watches his team during a practice session on Jan. 11, in Carson, Calif. Arena returned to the U.S. team in November to salvage its run for World Cup qualification. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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U.S. Men's Soccer Goes Back To The Future With New Coach, New Priorities

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Saturday Sports: Golf, Politics And The Presidency

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A Snowstorm Didn't Stop This LeBron James Fan From Catching The Game

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College Football Champion Will Be Crowned Monday Night

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What To Watch For In Sports This Year

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It's A Crucial Weekend For College And Pro Football

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Russia Now Disputes 'Times' Report On Olympic Doping

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College Football Players Sit Out Bowl Games In Anticipation Of NFL Draft

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