For more than 20 years, Minnesota Public Radio has been bringing world-renowned journalists and correspondents to Minnesota for the MPR News Journalist Series. Every fall and spring, we look behind the scenes at their work in an hour-long live discussion with an MPR News host, as the journalists share insights on their craft, as well as on the people and events they’ve covered. Everyone is invited to join the discussion, learn about how today’s news is uncovered and the challenges journalists face, and put the interviewers in the interviewee chair with an audience Q&A. The interview is recorded for later broadcast on MPR News.
Tom Goldman, NPR Correspondent, Sports
October 7, 7 p.m. (6:30 doors)
The O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
Tom Goldman is NPR’s sports correspondent. His reports can be heard throughout NPR’s news programming, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and on 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 nearly 30 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.
Asma Khalid, NPR Political Correspondent
November 11, 7 p.m. (6:30 doors)
The O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
Asma Khalid is a political correspondent covering the 2020 presidential campaign.
Before joining NPR’s political team, Asma helped launch a new team for Boston’s NPR station WBUR where she reported on biz/tech and the Future of Work. She’s reported on a range of stories over the years — including the 2016 presidential campaign, the Boston Marathon bombings and the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.
Asma got her start in journalism in her home state of Indiana, but was introduced to radio through an internship at BBC Newshour in London during grad school.
Angela Davis, Host
Angela Davis is the host of MPR News with Angela Davis. Prior to launching a career in radio, she was a news anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV, the CBS and ABC affiliates in Minneapolis/St.Paul. Angela has won five regional Emmy Awards for anchoring and covering breaking news. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She’s the mother of two teenagers and serves on the board of YWCA Minneapolis.
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