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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NFL Loosens Rules On End-Zone Celebrations After Touchdowns

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Star Player's Injury Prompts Calls To Tighten NBA Rules

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Saturday Sports: Fans Say 'Meh' To NBA Playoffs

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Los Angeles Goes Against Paris In Olympics Bidding War

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Fenway Incidents Prompt Questions About Hate Speech At The Ballpark

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Frank Deford is shown here in 1984, four years into his gig as sports commentator on Morning Edition. Bob Child/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford: A Career Spent Bringing 'Something New' To Sports

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Saturday Sports: Layoffs At ESPN, Star High School Baseball Pitcher

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Saturday Sports: NBA Playoffs Begin

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Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney Dies At 84

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North Carolina And Gonzaga Face Off For NCAA Men's Basketball Title

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Gonzaga, North Carolina To Meet Monday In Men's NCAA Basketball Final

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South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) and her teammates celebrate their win over Mississippi State in the final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament on Sunday. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks (3) of the and Jordan Bell (1) of the Oregon get tangled up during the Final Four Semifinal. Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images hide caption

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