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Tom Cole 2010
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Tom Cole

Senior Editor, Arts Desk

Tom Cole is a senior editor on NPR's Arts Desk. He develops, edits, produces, and reports on stories about art, culture, music, film, and theater for NPR's news magazines Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. Cole has held these responsibilities since February 1990.

Prior to his work with the Arts Desk, Cole worked for three and a half years as an associate producer for NPR's daily classical music program Performance Today, and also for Morning Edition, where he coordinated, edited, and produced arts and culture stories.

From April 1979 to July 1986, Cole worked for NPR Member station WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. He was the production manager for the daily operation of studios, and also served as a reporter, writing and producing music features that were broadcast locally and nationally. In addition, from October 1985 to November 1986, Cole worked for Voice of America as a producer for VOA Europe.

Since 1977, Cole has been the host and producer of a weekly three-hour program of music and interviews broadcast on public radio station WPFW-FM in Washington.

Over the course of his career, Cole has produced or collaborated on a number of public radio projects. He co-edited the Peabody Award-winning NPR documentary, "I Must Keep Fightin': The Art of Paul Robeson." He was also an advisor, contributor, and co-editor of the Peabody Award-winning series, "The NPR 100," the top 100 songs of the 20th century.

A native of Washington, DC, Cole has studied classical guitar at The American University and privately. He also studied comparative literature at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Plácido Domingo on stage in July. Domingo was scheduled to perform at New York's Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday but withdrew following accusations of harassment. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Plácido Domingo Out At Metropolitan Opera Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Photographer Robert Frank holds a camera in 1954. His photo book, The Americans, changed the way people saw photography and the way they saw the U.S. Frank died on Monday at the age of 94. Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Influential Documentary Photographer Robert Frank Dies At 94

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During a civil rights demonstration, folk singer Pete Seeger sings on the steps of the New York State Capitol Building. James Marshall/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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The Songs That Define Us, From NPR's 'American Anthem' Series

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Actor Jussie Smollett leaves a courthouse last month in Chicago. On Thursday, the city sued him to recoup costs of a police investigation that followed what the city says was his false report that he'd been attacked. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images hide caption

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The Youngbloods circa 1967. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Beyond The Summer Of Love, 'Get Together' Is An Anthem For Every Season

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Dick Dale, King Of Surf Guitar, Dies At 81

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In Memoriam: The Musicians We Lost In 2018

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Past Times by Kerry James Marshall at Sotheby's. It sold for $21.1 million, a record auction price for a living African American artist, this week. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Photographer William Eggleston released his first album, Musik, this past October. Peter Townsend/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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William Eggleston's Music, Much Like His Photography, Thrives Off Ambiguity

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Though officially retired from touring, guitarist John Williams, now 76, continues to record for his own record label. Kathy Panama/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Williams, Classical Guitar's Standard-Bearer, Still Recording In Retirement

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John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

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Ralph Towner's latest album is My Foolish Heart, named for the Bill Evans tune that changed the way he looked at composition and his instrument. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ralph Towner: An Old Hand With A 'Foolish Heart' (And An Unmatched Style)

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Guitarist Larry Coryell recorded or appeared on more than 100 albums during a jazz career that spanned more than 50 years. Courtesy of 429 Records hide caption

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Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73

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