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Tom Rinaldi is a reporter for ESPN and ESPN on ABC based in New York. He has contributed to SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, College GameDay, Sunday NFL Countdown, and is also a fill in host on ESPN First Take (formerly Cold Pizza). He also did features for the horse racing telecasts.
Rinaldi joined ESPN in May 2003 following a four-year stint as a reporter for CNN/SI from 1998-2002. He has also worked as a reporter for KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon from 1996 to 1998 and for WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana from 1993 to 1996. Prior to his career in journalism, Rinaldi was a high school English and English as a Second Language teacher in addition to being a handball coach at Morris High School in the Bronx, New York.
Rinaldi has won three Regional Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and a USA Today Feature-of-the-Year Award. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania before going on to receive his graduate degree at Columbia University. Rinaldi is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. Rinaldi conducted the first interview of Tiger Woods after the incident on November 27, 2009 which led to Woods' public disclosure of his extra-marital affairs.
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