|"Covering Minnesota politics is the best political beat in the country. We once elected an Olympic hockey player as Governor and followed that up years later with a professional wrestler. There's rarely a dull moment."|
Tom started at 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in September 1992, after reporting and news anchoring jobs in Austin, Minnesota; Fort Myers, Florida; and Des Moines, Iowa. After covering the law enforcement beat in the Twin Cities for several years, Tom began covering Minnesota politics in 1997. He hosts the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "At Issue" public affairs program on Sunday mornings. In 2002, Tom authored "Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura," a book about the remarkable four-year term of Governor Jesse Ventura.
In 1983, Tom received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. In 1992 he earned a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tom has earned a number of awards for news reporting, including Emmy awards for his coverage of the plane crash of Senator Paul Wellstone and for stories that helped solve the 1970 murder of St. Paul Police Officer Jim Sackett. In 2007, he was also honored with the St. Paul Police Department "Chief's Award", one of the highest civilian honors in the department, for his reporting on the Sackett case. Tom has received three Emmy Awards for "At Issue" as the Best Public Affairs Program and two Emmys for television host of the Minnesota State High School Hockey tournament on KSTC-TV, Channel 45. In 2014, Tom was inducted into the "Silver Circle" of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for "significant contributions to the television industry" over 25 years.
On a Personal Note
Tom was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Edina. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and four children. He serves on the board of the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center at the University of Minnesota and on the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee, which honors the top college hockey player in the country. Tom also enjoys tending to his backyard hockey rink, reading, golfing and running. He's completed 26 marathons.