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 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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Former Track And Field Athletes Use Simulation Of The Tokyo Olympics For Fundraising

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Saturday Sports: Hockey and Basketball Follow MLB As Athletes Compete In 'Bubbles'

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After Coronavirus Outbreak Among Miami Marlins, Is It Safe To Play Ball?

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MLB To Reschedule Games Due To Coronavirus Outbreak Among Miami Marlins

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U.S. wrestler Frank Molinaro (red) battles Italy's Frank Chamizo Marquez in the 65-kg (143 pound) bronze medal bout at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero. Molinaro, who lost to Marquez, recently retired from the sport when the 2020 Olympics were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus outbreak. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Forces Beyond Their Control Dash Dreams Of U.S. Olympic Athletes — Then And Now

The Tokyo Games was postponed until July, 2021 due to COVID-19, forcing thousands of athletes to re-order their training schedules. Those athletes share a bond with U.S. Olympians 40 years ago.

Forces Beyond Their Control Dash Dreams Of U.S. Olympic Athletes — Then And Now

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U.S. Olympic Team Waves Goodbye To Its Dreams, Just Like Athletes 40 Years Ago

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The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will take on the New York Yankees Thursday in the first game of a delayed and shortened regular season on Thursday at Nationals Park. Scott Taetsch/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday Sports: Washington's NFL Team Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Members of the Montreal Impact, wearing masks, take the field for their match against Toronto FC as part of the MLS Is Back Tournament Thursday in Reunion, Fla. Michael Reaves/Getty Images hide caption

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Pro Sports Are Returning. Their COVID-19 Testing Is Top Notch, But Is It Ethical?

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Floridians Get Coronavirus Test Results Slowly. Pro Athletes Are Tested Regularly

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Seattle Mariners players are gearing up for the start of a shortened regular season. At their home ballpark, summer training is underway this week with strict coronavirus restrictions. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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Baseball Summer Camp - Sharpening Skills While Fending Off The Coronavirus

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Major League Baseball To Start The 2020 Season At The End Of July

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Week In Sports: Washington Football Team Agrees To Review Controversial Name

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'College Football Parents 24/7' Advocacy Group Asks NCAA To Enforce Coronavirus Rules

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