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.
Tom Goldman at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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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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Encore: Bill Russell, basketball legend with record 11 NBA titles, dies at 88

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Russell attends a civil rights summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2014 in Austin, Texas. During and after his NBA career, Russell spoke out often about civil rights issues. Ricardo B. Brazziell/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Russell, basketball legend with record 11 NBA titles, dies at 88

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Sacramento Republic FC Players celebrate their U.S. Open semifinal overtime win. Sac Republic defeated MLS mainstay Sporting KC 5-4 in penalty kicks. Max Whittaker for NPR hide caption

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A Major League Soccer 'Cupset' as Sacramento Republic advances to U.S. Open Cup Final

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Sacramento is in the Open Cup final after beating another Major League Soccer team

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Sacramento's Open Cup success proves a lower division team can compete with the best

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Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio of Team South Africa leads the peloton during the women's road race on the second day of the 2020 Olympic Games at Fuji International Speedway on July 25, 2021 in Oyama, Shizuoka, Japan. Michael Steele/Getty Images hide caption

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After more than 30 years, a multiday women's Tour de France is back

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A good broadcast plan may be key to the success of the female Tour de France

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Saturday sports: Wimbledon finals; Brittney Griner missing from WNBA All-Star Game

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A seismic shakeup in college sports as UCLA and USC join Big Ten

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LIV golf lands in Oregon. Will it lead to a revolution in the sport?

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Biden faces pressure to help get WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian jail

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Title IX revolutionized female athletics but advocates say it's been a constant fight

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NBA Championship: Golden State defeats the Boston Celtics 103-90

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