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.
Between January 2000 and 2002, Buhrow worked as a correspondent at the ARD bureau in Paris. On July 1, 2002, he took over from 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).
On 29 May 2013 Tom Buhrow was elected intendant of the WDR.
- Civis Media Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2013)
- International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP), Member of the Board of Trustees
- German Coordinating-Council for Christian-Jewish Cooperation Organizations, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Kunststiftung NRW, Member of the Board of Trustees
- German Cancer Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
Buhrow is married to his colleague Sabine Stamer. They have two daughters.
- Raschke, Michael (30 November 2005). "Bush can not dampen his love of America" (in German). General-Anzeiger. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
- Board of Trustees: Tom Buhrow Civis Media Foundation.
- Board of Trustees (2016-2019) International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP).
- Board of Trustees Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf.
- Board of Trustees German Cancer Foundation, Berlin.
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