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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4:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Duke Faces Wisconsin (Not Kentucky) In NCAA Championship

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:48 pm

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Sports
5:06 am
Mon April 6, 2015

College Basketball Championship Games Expected To Be Close

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers drives to the hoop during a game against the Duke Blue Devils on December 03, 2014. They will face one another again in the NCAA championship game Monday.
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Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 9:43 am

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Sports
8:33 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Wisconsin's Dramatic Defeat Of Kentucky Is A Case Of Role Reversal

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 11:19 am

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Sports
4:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Undefeated Kentucky Vies For Perfection As It Enters Final Four

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:42 pm

The NCAA men's basketball Final Four begins Saturday with No. 1 Kentucky facing Wisconsin. Kentucky hopes a championship will bring it a perfect season. NPR explores what it means to be perfect and how we pursue the art of perfection.

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Sports
5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

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Sports
8:01 am
Sun March 22, 2015

NCAA Tournament: N.C. State Shocks No.1-Seed Villanova

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

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Sports
5:05 am
Fri March 20, 2015

March Madness Kicks Off With High Drama

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:55 am

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Sports
5:37 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

First Round Of NCAA College Basketball Tournament Underway

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

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Sports
5:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

In NCAA Women's Bracket, UConn Is Easily The Top Seed

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:25 am

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Sports
5:38 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Start The Madness: Weighing The Seeds Of March

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

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Sports
4:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Pacquiao, Mayweather Fight Sparks Hopes Of Boxing Revival

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 7:04 pm

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Sports
5:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

FIFA Panel Recommends 2022 World Cup Be Played In Winter

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:05 am

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Sports
4:16 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

FIFA Considers Proposal To Move 2022 Qatar World Cup To Winter

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 7:16 pm

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Sports
5:18 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Play Ball ... And Hurry Up: MLB Changes To Speed Up The Game

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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Law
5:27 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Lance Armstrong Ordered To Pay $10 Million In Fraud Dispute

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 7:58 am

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Remembrances
5:22 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Remembered As Successful, Controversial

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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4:29 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Low Draft Picks, No-Names Stand Out At Super Bowl

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:30 pm

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5:08 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Patriots Deny Seattle Repeat Super Bowl Victory

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 8:28 am

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The Two-Way
5:32 am
Sun February 1, 2015

At Long Last: It's Super Bowl Sunday

Football pundits say could be one of the closest, most exciting championship games ever.
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Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 7:45 am

Are you ready for 17 and a half minutes of football???!!!!

That, according to a study by the Media Education Foundation, is how much live football action there was in last year's Super Bowl. And pretty much what we can expect Sunday when the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Sat January 31, 2015

All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday

At a pre-Super Bowl news conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it's been a "tough year" for the League.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 5:19 pm

Another day, another controversy.

It's been that kind of a year for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about it all on Friday at his annual State-of-the-League address in downtown Phoenix.

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