ESPN Tom Rinaldi Age, Wife, Family

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ESPN Tom Rinaldi Age, Wife, Family

Tom Rinaldi broke out as the renowned journalist when he conducted the first sit down interview with pro-golfer, Tiger Woods circa 2001; post-Tiger's infamous cheating scandal. His calm and poised questioning in a mere five-minute interview was applauded and cited by the news outlets all over the world.

Thus, it shot the ESPN reporter to worldwide fame.

Tom Rinaldi Married Life

The ESPN veteran is married to the love of his life; Dianne. The love birds share two children; son Jack, and daughter, Tessa.

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Tom’s wife played a huge role in maintaining the Rinaldi family’s healthy life. She supported her husband by raising the kids when he was busy traveling places for his active journaling career. His lovely family resides in New Jersey.

Birthday And Salary

The talented journalist celebrates his birthday on 7th October. A contributor to ESPN since 2002, he is involved in various programmes to fill the multiple roles in the renowned company. 

Well, his work duties include being a weekly contributor to College Gameday and a sideline reporter for some of college football’s biggest games like Rose Bowl and the national championship. Similarly, his role includes being an interviewer and essayist of ESPN’s golf coverage.

Tom Rinaldi in his element during ESPN's College Gameday (Photo: www.gannett-cdn.com)

Due to his loved role at the reputed news entity, he earns a salary of $78k per year.

Education And Awards

Initially, Tom set out to become a teacher. He majored in English from the University of Pennsylvania and started teaching in a high school.

Starting at a private school, he thought he wasn’t making any difference teaching the smartest kids; thus he switched to a public school.

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While he was enjoying the time shaping the kids’ future, it was tough for him to bid goodbye to his students every year during graduation. Thus, he got into Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to change the course of his career. While Tom continued being a coach at the side, he left teaching when he landed a news reporter’s job at WNDU In South Bend, Ind.

Tom chose well as he managed to reach the prominent height at his career. He won 12 national Sports Emmy Awards and six national Edward R. Murrow Awards for his contribution in the field of journalism.

Tom’s High Profile Interviewees

Besides Tiger Woods, the list of high profile guest on Tom’s list of interviewees is long.

His famous guests include Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Derek Jeter, Roger Federer, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Saban, Mike Krzyzewski, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Andrew Luck and Mariano Rivera.

Tom also famously authored a book titled The Red Bandanna. It told the real-life story of the 9-11 hero, Welles Crowther; an athlete and a volunteer firefighter, who kept saving people trapped in the fire until he eventually died.

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