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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5:04am

Wed June 17, 2015
Sports

Golden State Warriors Beat Cleveland To Win NBA Championship

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 8:31 am

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6:39pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Sports

With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Paul Sancya AP

Remember the essay LeBron James wrote nearly a year ago, announcing his triumphant return to Cleveland?

"I'm not promising a championship," he wrote. "We're not ready right now. It will be a long process."

Well, time has certainly sped up, especially to the delight of Cavalier fans. The long process he predicted will actually be over with just two more Cleveland wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are back at it Thursday night for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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5:03am

Wed June 10, 2015
Sports

Cleveland Takes 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals Over Golden State

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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9:06pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Sports

Tom Brady's Agent Says Suspension 'Has No Legitimate Basis'

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6:30pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Sports

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For First 4 Games Of 2015 Season

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:22 pm

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5:19pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Sports

Mayweather, Pacquiao Finally Go Head-To-Head This Weekend

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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5:16pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Sports

Floyd Mayweather's Brash Style Has Split Fan Loyalties

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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5:13am

Tue April 7, 2015
Sports

Duke Comes From Behind To Defeat Wisconsin In Men's NCAA Championship

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:36 am

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7:44am

Sun April 5, 2015
Sports

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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5:07am

Fri April 3, 2015
Sports

Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

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

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5:05am

Fri March 20, 2015
Sports

March Madness Kicks Off With High Drama

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

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6:14pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Remembrances

Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Remembered As Successful, Controversial

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

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4:19pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Sports

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

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

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5:50am

Sun February 1, 2015
The Two-Way

At Long Last: It's Super Bowl Sunday

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 7:45 am

Football pundits say could be one of the closest, most exciting championship games ever.
Charlie Riedel AP

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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9:46am

Sat January 31, 2015
The Two-Way

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

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

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

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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