From 1989 to 1994, Sanders was educated at The Oratory School, a Roman Catholic boarding independent school for boys in the village of Woodcote in Oxfordshire, followed by the University of Reading, where he studied Typography and Graphic Communication. In 1995 he was the Editor of the student union newspaper, Spark.
He became a newsreader and presenter for Sky News.
He has read the news for Radio 2 since 2007, and is also an arts correspondent. He reads the news on Saturdays for 5 Live, and is a stand-in presenter. He began at 5 Live in 2003.
He lives in West Kensington. He lists his interests as fishing, model boats and acid house music. In 2009 he was awarded Model Boat Builder's "New Build of The Year" award.
- "Past Networkers". Edinburgh International Television Festival.
- Notable Old Oratorians (1972-2009) - In the Arts and Media - Tom Sanders Publisher: The Oratory School Society, Woodcote, Oxfordshire. Retrieved: 1 May 2013.
- 5 Live 2009