TOM WHITFIELD snared his first newspaper byline before his 14th birthday and went on to wire service, radio, website and newspaper jobs in Richmond, Washington, Kansas City, and Atlanta before teaming up with Angela K. Durden at Blue Room Books, where he serves as editor-in-chief.
Tom has reported on topics as diverse as congressional hearings and Chattanooga’s efforts to promote sustainable development, as well as covered the World Series, NFL playoffs, NBA Finals, and Summer Olympics. After starting with United Press International and becoming a regional sports editor at 23, he returned to newspapers and eventually retired from daily journalism in 2009 after spending 25 years with the sports and business departments of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Currently, Tom writes for SmartBrief, a Washington-based company that publishes more than 200 daily news summaries for the biggest industry and trade organizations in the country.
Tom’s broadcasting career started as a Top 40 disc jockey and sportscaster during high school and college, where he at the microphone for the first broadcast of a basketball game of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. After leaving newspapers, he spent six seasons as the radio webcast voice of Georgia Perimeter College sports and four more doing television-style webcasts of high school football, basketball and baseball in the east suburbs of Atlanta, teaching students along the way.