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

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.



Mon July 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Women Want To Stay In The Game, But Life Intervenes

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

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

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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Fri July 3, 2015

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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Mon June 22, 2015

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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Sat June 20, 2015

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.
Tom Goldman NPR

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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Fri June 19, 2015

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

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

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Wed June 17, 2015

Golden State Warriors Beat Cleveland To Win NBA Championship

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

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Fri June 12, 2015

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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Thu June 11, 2015

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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Wed June 10, 2015

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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Sun June 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Cavaliers Even Up NBA Finals, Beating Warriors In Overtime

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:36 am

LeBron James celebrates the Cleveland Cavaliers' 95-93 win over the Golden State Warriors in overtime during Game 2 of the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif.
Ezra Shaw Getty

The Cleveland Cavaliers have evened the NBA Finals at one game apiece. Sunday night in Oakland, the Cavs won a thrilling game, beating the Golden State Warriors 95-93 in overtime. Both finals games have gone to an extra period.

Cleveland led by 11 points with a little over three minutes left in regulation, but the Warriors stormed back and tied the game with just seconds left to send it into overtime.

Cleveland took the lead quickly in the extra period. The Warriors fought back, but Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova's two free throws put Cleveland ahead for good.

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