About Thom

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

 

Loverro is currently a regular contributor to WJFK 106.7 The Fan in Washington. He was the co-host of "The Sports Fix" radio program on ESPN 980 in Washington for nearly seven years. The show was consistently named in the top 100 nationwide by the industry website Talkers.com.

He is currently co-hosting The Kevin Sheehan Show podcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He was also the host of a weekly podcast called "Cigars & Curveballs," featuring more than 100 episodes of conversations with sports and cultural celebrities that ran for two years. The guest list included Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, former heavyweight champion George Foreman, actor Joe Mantegna, and former Redskins great Joe Theismann, among others. Past episodes are available for download free on iTunes and Google Play.

In 2016, Loverro was inducted into the Washington, D.C. Boxing Hall of Fame for his contributions covering boxing.

Loverro has covered the World Series, the NFL, NBA, and NHL playoffs, world championship fights, the Winter Olympics in Japan in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002 and the Summer Olympics in Australia in 2000. He has also traveled to cover such unique events as the Baltimore Orioles trip to Cuba to play the national team in 1999.

He is the author of 11 books on the Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Orioles, the Philadelphia Eagles, championship wrestling, Negro League Baseball, and more. 

His articles have also appeared in numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated, Sports Magazine, Washingtonian, Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, Cigar Aficionado, The Guardian, and USA TODAY's SportsOnEarth.com. 

Loverro has won more than 40 national, regional, and local journalism awards over his career, including a first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and a three-time sports columnist winner in the Virginia Press Association competition.

Loverro was honored with the Nat Fleischer Award for lifetime achievement in boxing journalism by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2019. He was also named a Dateline Award winner for local sports coverage in 2018 by the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also a member of the Author’s Guild.

In 2014, he was the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Sports Column Writing category.

In 2014, Loverro was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Boxing Writers Association of America for his exclusive story about how the FBI believed that the historic fight when Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) became heavyweight champion when title holder Sonny Liston failed to answer the bell in the seventh round was fixed by organized crime.

In 2009, Loverro was voted Maryland Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

In 2005, he was one of only three journalists across the country to be invited to the Oval Office in The White House to interview President Bush about baseball. 

He has also been sought as a guest for his opinions on a number of television networks, such as Comcast, Home Box Office (HBO), ESPN, MSNBC, and the local FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC affiliates in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions, and has made numerous radio appearances over the years.

In May 2013, Loverro was a guest speaker at an international sports seminar in Brasilia, sponsored by a Brazilian professional journalist organization.

He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, having served as chairman of the Baltimore-Washington chapter. He is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the National Sports Media Association.

Loverro, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Scranton and a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, has also taught journalism and sports management courses at Towson State University, American University, and Georgetown University. He currently teaches a course in the Business of Sports Media in the Georgetown University Sports Management graduate program.

Loverro was inducted into the East Stroudsburg (PA) Area School District Meritorious Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

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