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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3:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:36 am

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6:00 am
Sun April 5, 2015

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

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3:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

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3:05 am
Fri March 20, 2015

March Madness Kicks Off With High Drama

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2:26 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Pacquiao, Mayweather Fight Sparks Hopes Of Boxing Revival

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:04 pm

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Remembrances
3:22 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Remembered As Successful, Controversial

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2:29 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

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

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The Two-Way
3:32 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 5:45 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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7:46 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 3:19 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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3:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story

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2:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:19 pm

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3:11 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

'Deflate-Gate' Is 'Sour Grapes' Or Serious Business, Depending Who You Ask

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:28 pm

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3:04 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Ohio State Celebrates First Football Championship In Playoff Era

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2:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

First College Football Playoff In New System Pits Ducks Against 'Bucks'

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2:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Baseball Hall Of Fame Elects Three Pitchers, Second Baseman

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2:21 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Turbulent Season Puts The NFL On Notice

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:34 pm

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3:06 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Calif. Law Tries To Prevent Young Brains From Football Injuries

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 7:11 am

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3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson Without Pay

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:25 pm

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2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

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3:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:53 am

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3:02 am
Thu October 2, 2014

MLB Playoffs Winnow Down To Leagues' Division Series

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 6:16 am

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2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Royals' Win A Tough Act To Beat As Baseball Playoffs Near

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:14 pm

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3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Baseball's Regular Season Winds Down, Playoffs Days Away

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:20 am

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3:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

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2:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Former FBI Director To Investigate NFL's Handling Of Ray Rice Case

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 6:54 pm

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3:07 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Female Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis Is A Hit At Little League World Series

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

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9:15 am
Fri August 8, 2014

With 50 Games Left Till Playoffs, Few MLB Teams Out Of Contention

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6:22 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.
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Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 10:09 am

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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3:06 am
Wed July 9, 2014

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

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:46 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.

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