Tom Costello (journalist)
Tom Costello is an American journalist and correspondent for NBC News, based in Washington, D.C. His reports appear on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and CNBC. His assigned beats include aviation/transportation, NASA, regulatory and consumer-related issues.
Among his high-profile assignments: the death of 29 coal miners in West Virginia; President Obama's controversial plans for future manned space missions; the disappearance of an Air France flight over the Atlantic Ocean; the crash of a Continental Connection flight in Buffalo; the US Airways/Miracle on the Hudson river landing; and the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.
Costello received a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987 and a Master's degree in Administration/International Commerce from Boston University in 1996 at its Graduate Center in Brussels.
He spent six years at KUSA-TV in Denver, and two years at KVIA-TV in El Paso, TX. Before joining CNBC, Costello contributed to Financial Times TV and CNN while earning a master's degree in Brussels, Belgium.
From 1996 to 2004, Costello worked at CNBC business news. From 1996-1999, Costello reported from London for both CNBC and NBC News, covering Europe's economic union and the death of Princess Diana, among many stories. From 1999-2002, he served as CNBC's Nasdaq correspondent and was on duty in Manhattan when terrorists attacked on 9/11.
Former NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert brought Costello to the DC bureau in 2005. Previously, he was based at NBC News headquarters in New York.
NBC's coverage of the Miracle on the Hudson was honored with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Costello also led NBC's coverage of the 2008 Financial Bailout Talks in Congress, for which he was honored with a National Emmy Award.
On August 12, 2013, Tom Costello stated in a report about Elon Musk: "He was the inspiration for the Tony Stark character in the Iron Man movies." In reality Iron Man came out in 1963 and Elon Musk was born in 1971. PayPal wasn't created until 1999, SpaceX was created in 2002, and Tesla Motors in 2003. In criticism of the error, John Oliver of The Daily Show said, "This is basic fact-checking!"
His assignments have taken him around the world; from the terrorist bombings in Madrid, to the Korean DMZ, the Persian Gulf, Japan, the barrios of Mexico, and across much of Europe. His numerous awards include National and Regional Emmys, RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow honors, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliner honors, Best of Gannett, and Best Reporting honors from the Associated Press.
- Reporter for KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas
- Reporter for KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado
- 1995-1996: Correspondent for Financial Times TV, CNN, and CNBC Europe
- 1996–1999: London anchor for CNBC
- 1999–2002: CNBC NASDAQ editor
- 2004–2005: New York-based correspondent for NBC News
- 2005–present: Washington-based correspondent for NBC News
Costello is married to Astrid Boon and has two Children.
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