Buhrow studied history and political science in Bonn. In 1978, he worked at the local newspaper Bonner General-Anzeiger. In 1985, he volunteered at the largest television station in North Rhine-Westphalia, WDR. Since 1986 he was the editor, reporter and bureau chief of the shows Aktuelle Stunde and West 3 Aktuell. After that he worked as an editor and reporter at the most-seen German nightly news, the Tagesschau.
Since January 2000, he worked as a correspondent at the ARD bureau in Paris. Since July 1, 2002 he is the successor of Claus Kleber as chief of the ARD bureau in Washington. Kleber went to ZDF as the anchorman for the news programme Heute Journal.
On September 1, 2006 he replaced Ulrich Wickert as the host of the news programme Tagesthemen. He published a book about his years in the United States, Mein Amerika, Dein Amerika (My America, your America). Buhrow is married to his colleague Sabine Stamer. He has two daughters.
On 29 May 2013 Tom Buhrow was elected intendant of the WDR.
- Raschke, Michael (30 November 2005). "Bush can not dampen his love of America" (in German). General-Anzeiger. Retrieved 6 April 2011.