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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USA defender Walker Zimmerman (#3) fights for the ball with Netherlands' forward Memphis Depay during the 2022 World Cup round of 16 match at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Saturday. Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. faces the Netherlands today as FIFA World Cup reaches knockout stage

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USA men's soccer team coach Gregg Berhalter speaks during a news conference at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha on Dec. 2, 2022. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Christian Pulisic of the United States attends a news conference before a training session at Al-Gharafa SC Stadium, in Doha, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Ashley Landis/AP hide caption

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After defeating Iran, U.S. men's team heads to the World Cup knockout round

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Gregg Berhalter, head coach of United States team, looks on during a training session on Monday in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. faces Iran in a crucial match on Tuesday. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images hide caption

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What's at stake as the U.S. faces Iran at the World Cup

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Saturday Sports: Qatar out of FIFA World Cup; American football season picks up

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U.S. will play Iran for a place in the knockout stage at the FIFA World Cup

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U.S. takes on England in the World Cup after it tied Wales in group play

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Tim Weah of the United States celebrates after scoring the team's goal during a World Cup match against Wales on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Wales and the U-S finished 1-1. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images hide caption

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For Tim Weah, a World Cup goal capped a family journey. Now he's ready for England

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U.S. forward Tim Weah scores the team's only goal in its World Cup opener

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