Tom Goldman 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.
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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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Mary Bono Resigns As USA Gymnastics' Interim CEO

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The Week In Sports: MLB Playoffs, Team USA Could Win A Spot In Women's World Cup

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American Flat Track motorcycle racer Shayna Texter poses with a young fan during an autograph session at Canterbury Park outside Minneapolis. Texter is one of the most popular racers on the AFT circuit and, in 2011, became the first woman in the history of flat track racing to win a professional singles main event. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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'Hold Your Breath,' American Flat Track Racing Mounts A Comeback

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After 4 Back Surgeries, Tiger Woods Wins His First Golf Tournament

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Serena Williams Fined $17,000 For Code Violations At U.S. Open Final

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Serena Williams Loses To Naomi Osaka In U.S. Open

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At Florida's Tampa Stadium in 1991, Whitney Houston delivered an iconic performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off Super Bowl XXV. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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How Sports Met 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

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USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry Forced To Resign After Leadership Missteps

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Saturday Sports: Colin Kaepernick, Williams Sisters

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Ohio State Suspends Head Coach Urban Meyer For 3 Games

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Anthem Protests During NFL Preseason Stir Fans' Feelings

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NCAA Announces A Sweeping Overhaul Of College Basketball

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Players from a Single-A minor league team in the West cast shadows across the dugout. The players here chase dreams of making it to the major leagues, but they are paid far less than their major league counterparts. Christopher Morris /Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Fight Against Low, Low Pay In Minor League Baseball Continues Despite New Obstacles

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