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.

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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5:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.

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Sports
8:22 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

Brazil fans on Copacabana Beach were subdued during the third-place game against the Netherlands on Saturday. The national team gave them little to cheer about.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:09 pm

Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.

That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.

Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. But for Brazilian fans, the tournament that began a month ago with so much hope for the host country has ended with a thud.

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Sports
5:06 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:46 am

Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized.

Sports
5:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany?

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5:06 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

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Sports
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Continental Rivals Take Spotlight In World Cup Quarters

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In Brazil, tears of joy and relief as the World Cup home team won its quarterfinal against Colombia.

(CHEERING)

SIEGEL: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a hard-fought game between the two South American neighbors, but as we'll hear, it was a costly victory. An earlier game today - Germany defeated France 1-nothing to move on to the World Cup final four. NPR's Tom Goldman is in Rio de Janeiro, and he joins us now. And, Tom, first of all, Brazil won. But in a way, it also lost. Tell us about that.

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Sports
5:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:09 pm

The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1.

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5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. It's all on the line today for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout stage of the tournament. Lose this one and America's World Cup is all over. But yesterday, some good news - a goal-scoring teammate the U.S. team has been missing nearly the entire term, maybe coming back. From Salvador, Brazil, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.

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Sports
5:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 7:59 am

The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday.

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4:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

In Loss To Germany, U.S. Escapes With A Skid From 'Group Of Death'

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:10 pm

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From NPR News, this ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)

FANS: U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A..

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Sports
5:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Needs To Win Or Tie Germany To Advance In World Cup Play

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 2:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In case you have not heard, David, it's perfect fine to take this day off work. The coach of the U.S. soccer team has published an excuse note for Americans to send their employers saying they were busy World Cup.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

But Steve, we don't know if employers will accept this. We do know the United States plays Germany. The game in Recife, Brazil helps determine who escapes the so-called Group of Death and moves on to the knockout round.

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Latin America
5:36 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed?

The $300 million Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, is hosting four games of the World Cup. Some say the country should have spent their money on more important things.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 6:19 pm

The U.S. plays Portugal in a key World Cup match on Sunday, and it is in the tournament's most exotic locale: Manaus.

Manaus is a teeming city of nearly 2 million in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. But it's not some remote outpost; it's the sixth richest city in Brazil, thanks to its Free Trade Zone designation bringing big business like Nokia, Honda and Harley-Davidson.

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Sports
5:12 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

A World Cup Stunner: Spain Fails To Defend Its Crown

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:08 pm

With an upset by Chile Wednesday, defending World Cup champion Spain has been eliminated from this year's tournament.

Sports
4:07 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. Soccer Hopes To Shake Shadow Of Recent History Against Ghana

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:20 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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5:22 am
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. World Cup Team To Take The Field Against Ghana

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 9:45 am

After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death.

Sports
5:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil And Croatia Open World Cup Play On The Pitch

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:43 pm

Brazil and Croatia face off in the first game of the 2014 World Cup. Organizers hope the start of the tournament directs attention back on the field and away from the problems in preparation.

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5:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 4:19 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING CROWD)

UNIDENTIFIED FANS: (Spanish spoken) Mexico. Mexico. Mexico.

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Sports
8:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:07 pm

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death."

Sports
5:33 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race

Jim Ryun becomes the first high-schooler to break the four-minute-mile record, with a run of 3:59 in 1964. He went on to break the record three more times while in high school.
Gary Estes MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:45 pm

Fifty years ago this week, teenager Jim Ryun of Wichita, Kan., ran a mile in under four minutes, the first high school boy to break the mythical barrier. But in the past few decades, the mile as a racing distance has fallen out of favor.

Ryan Lamppa is trying to bring it back.

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Sports
7:06 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Miami Heat Aims To Win Legacy-Defining 3rd Straight NBA Title

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 12:40 pm

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