PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Northwest Public Radio will host a reception and an appearance by Tom Goldman, a long-time NPR sports correspondent in Ellensburg Sept. 27.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Ellensburg Inn, 1700 Canyon Road. Goldman is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.

Goldman began his career with NPR and, as NPR’s only sports correspondent, his beat covers the entire world of professional sports – in the United States and abroad. His reports can be heard on all NPR news programs.

During his years with NPR, he has covered four Olympics, four Super Bowls and several World Series, bringing perspective and context to each event. His pieces are diverse and often explore people’s motivations for doing what they do.

“This year I did a short piece on the death of a black high school basketball coach in Ohio who lived among the world’s largest population of Amish/Mennonites. It was a story of contrast and love, and what amazed me was the listener response,” Goldman said. “It said so much about how people crave the kinds of nice stories we in the media often sneer at.”

The event is part of radio station KNWR’s (90.7 FM) 10th anniversary celebration and the addition of a new translator, 89.9 FM, which provides a variety of NPR news and information programs to Ellensburg.

Goldman began his career at NPR as an associate producer for sports and has been in his current assignment since 1997. Before that, he was a news reporter, and later, a news director of Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland from 1985-1990. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. Goldman lives in Oregon with his wife and NPR science producer, Jane Greenhalgh, and their two children.

For more information, contact Roger Johnson of Educational Telecommunications and Technology at (509) 335-6551.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Goldman will be available for media interviews the afternoon of the event.