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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5:03am

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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11:52pm

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.
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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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3:37pm

Sun June 7, 2015
Sports

Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova — A Standout In The Classroom And On The Court

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 11:56 am

Matthew Dellavedova (right) of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals last month.
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The spotlight is about to shine on one of the more unlikely starting players in the NBA Finals.

Australian native Matthew Dellavedova is expected to start for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He will replace injured all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, who had season-ending surgery Saturday to repair a broken kneecap.

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5:26am

Fri June 5, 2015
Sports

NBA Game 1: Warriors Beat Cavaliers 108-100 In Overtime

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:58 am

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6:11am

Thu June 4, 2015
Sports

After A Week's Break, NBA Finals To Begin Between Cleveland, Golden State

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:30 am

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4:19pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Sports

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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5:15am

Fri May 29, 2015
Sports

Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:07 am

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Now, many soccer fans reacted to the FIFA arrests with a collective it is about time. But if millions around the world suspected wrongdoing, how might FIFA officials have gotten away with it for so long? Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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5:22pm

Mon May 18, 2015
Sports

Fast-Paced NBA Teams Signify How Much Basketball Has Evolved

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:23 pm

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6:09am

Tue May 12, 2015
Sports

NFL QB Tom Brady Will Sit Out 4 Games For Deflated Balls Scandal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 12:54 pm

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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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