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 on 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 on 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 nearly 30 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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Damian Lillard Leads Portland Trail Blazers To Victory In First Round Of NBA Playoffs

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Saturday Sports: The Injury That Sidelined One Of WNBA's Best Players

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Tiger Woods Is 1 Victory From Tying Jack Nicklaus' Masters Record

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Horses and jockeys charge toward the finish of a race on Santa Anita Derby day. The Derby was the most prominent event on a schedule that included 11 horse races. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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23 Thoroughbred Deaths Force Santa Anita To Change. Will The Racing Industry Follow?

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Scrutiny Continues For Santa Anita Racetrack After 23 Thoroughbreds Die In 3 Months

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A Look At The Recent Trend Toward Parity In Division I Men's Basketball

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Saturday Sports: College Basketball, Baseball Begins, NFL Pass Interference Rule

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A pitch clock behind home plate at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona, spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. As part of Major League Baseball's efforts to increase the game's pace of play, pitch clocks were used on an experimental basis at some spring training games. But the experiment ended in mid-March. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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America's Favorite Pastime Is Back — And Some Wish It Would Just Hurry Up!

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How Portland Is Dealing With Civil Protest Escalating To Civil Unrest

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Deadline Draws Near To Complete NCAA Basketball Brackets

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Saturday Sports: Colin Kaepernick And Kareem Hunt

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Colin Kaepernick Reaches Agreement With NFL

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