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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4:08 am
Mon June 22, 2015

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

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 6:07 am

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7:05 pm
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.
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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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2:55 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

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

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 6:13 pm

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3:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Golden State Warriors Beat Cleveland To Win NBA Championship

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:31 am

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4:39 pm
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.
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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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3:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:01 am

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10:03 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Cavaliers Even Up NBA Finals, Beating Warriors In Overtime

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

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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1:51 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

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

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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Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 9:56 am

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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3:26 am
Fri June 5, 2015

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

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

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4:11 am
Thu June 4, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:30 am

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2:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:35 pm

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3:15 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:07 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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2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Fast-Paced NBA Teams Signify How Much Basketball Has Evolved

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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4:09 am
Tue May 12, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:54 am

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7:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

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

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4:30 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For First 4 Games Of 2015 Season

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 5:22 pm

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5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Mayweather Defeats Pacquaio; Both Earn Millions

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:09 pm

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2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

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

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

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3:07 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Draws Fans To Las Vegas

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:08 am

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4:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Floyd Mayweather's Brash Style Has Split Fan Loyalties

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:05 pm

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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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2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Duke Faces Wisconsin (Not Kentucky) In NCAA Championship

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

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3:06 am
Mon April 6, 2015

College Basketball Championship Games Expected To Be Close

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers drives to the hoop during a game against the Duke Blue Devils on December 03, 2014. They will face one another again in the NCAA championship game Monday.
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Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:43 am

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6:00 am
Sun April 5, 2015

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

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 9:19 am

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2:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Undefeated Kentucky Vies For Perfection As It Enters Final Four

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

The NCAA men's basketball Final Four begins Saturday with No. 1 Kentucky facing Wisconsin. Kentucky hopes a championship will bring it a perfect season. NPR explores what it means to be perfect and how we pursue the art of perfection.

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3:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 1:21 pm

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6:01 am
Sun March 22, 2015

NCAA Tournament: N.C. State Shocks No.1-Seed Villanova

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:19 am

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3:05 am
Fri March 20, 2015

March Madness Kicks Off With High Drama

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:55 am

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3:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

First Round Of NCAA College Basketball Tournament Underway

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:27 pm

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3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

In NCAA Women's Bracket, UConn Is Easily The Top Seed

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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