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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4:50am

Wed August 12, 2015
Sports

NFL's Effort To Combat Domestic Violence May Go For The Long Game

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 2:47 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted last September that he "got it wrong" when it came to handling the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he will get it right.
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It's been less than a year since a domestic violence scandal erupted in the National Football League. The infamous Ray Rice video from last September and the league's mishandling of the case plunged the NFL into an unprecedented crisis.

It also spurred the league into action after years of doing little or nothing about the problem of domestic violence. The problem continues, and so do the efforts to fight it.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Sports

IOC Awards Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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And the winner is...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 - Beijing.

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5:00pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Sports

NFL Upholds Tom Brady Suspension For 'Deflategate' Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:31 pm

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4:29am

Mon July 20, 2015
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Women Want To Stay In The Game, But Life Intervenes

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:52 pm

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The United States is basketball crazy.

For boys and girls who play sports, basketball is the most popular choice.

But as Americans age, a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals, there's a widening gender gap when it comes to hoops. Why are adult female basketball players giving up the game they once loved?

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4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Sports

Portland, Ore., Soccer Fans Gear Up For Women's World Cup Final

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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6:08am

Mon June 22, 2015
Sports

With U.S. Open Victory, Jordan Spieth Wins Second Major In A Row

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:07 am

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9:05pm

Sat June 20, 2015
Sports

A Sea Change At Chambers Bay, Where U.S. Open Meets U.K. Aesthetics

Chambers Bay golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., stands with his wife, Claiborne, next to the 18th fairway.
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When the U.S. Open Golf Championship began on Thursday, 156 players took center stage.

So did the golf course where they were playing.

It's rare for the venue at a major tournament to grab as much attention as the star players. But Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., near Tacoma, is a rare place to play golf. It's improbable, controversial — and, according to its supporters, it represents the future of the game.

'A Dream Fulfilled'

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5:36pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Sports

Golfers Navigate Tricky U.S. Open Course At Chambers Bay

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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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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6:46am

Fri June 12, 2015
Sports

Warriors' Shooters Get The Job Done, Tie NBA Finals 2-2

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:30 am

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