Tom Fitzgerald (reporter)
Personal and education
Fitzgerald grew up in Howell Township, New Jersey near the New Jersey Shore. He attended and graduated from Howell High School Fitzgerald is a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University's School of Arts & Communications in 1989.
Tom Fitzgerald's career began in 1985 at WBJB-FM, an NPR radio affiliate in Middletown Township, New Jersey as a newscaster and radio host. In 1990 he joined the staff of TV34 News as a reporter in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Over the course of six years he covered the New Jersey House of Representatives, political campaigns, organized crime investigations, and several major hurricanes.
In 1996, Fitzgerald was part of the original lineup of on-air correspondents for News 12 New Jersey. The network which is seen by more than 1.8 million homes, and was New Jersey's first 24-hour all-news television network. During his career with News 12 New Jersey, he reported, anchored and hosted the political talk show "Roundtable". Fitzgerald covered the September 11 attacks in 2011 traveling to the World Trade Center in New York, and at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. He also covered several Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and served as the stations Jersey Shore Bureau Chief.
In 2003, Fitzgerald joined the staff of Fox Television's WTTG in Washington, D.C. Fitzgerald covers national political affairs for the Fox owned & operated station in the U.S. capital. Fitzgerald has covered the Obama Administration, participating in several prime time presidential news conferences at the White House. In 2012, Fitzgerald attended all six hours of Supreme Court of the United States arguments over President Obama's Health Care Reform Law before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2008, he was present for the US Supreme Court as it heard arguments before landmark decision striking down the Washington, D.C. gun ban. He reported several exclusive stories on how some airlines were failing to inspect their aircraft, resulting in hearings in the United States House of Representatives.
Fitzgerald is a recipient of three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has received five Emmy Award nominations. He was a contributor to several Edward R. Murrow Awards given out to broadcast news organizations by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.