Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the DC government.
Tom joined News4 in 1989 after spending 15 years covering local and national politics for The Washington Post. His interest in journalism started during his college years at Georgia State University. He worked at the college radio station and had a full-time job with The Atlanta Constitution, where he returned to work after serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves for six years.
During his years of reporting on the DC government, Tom has covered all five of the city’s mayors, the career and arrest of former mayor Marion Barry, the September 11th terrorist attacks, baseball’s return to the region, and countless other politicians and events.
Tom is often called upon to share his knowledge of regional issues. He is the resident guest analyst each Friday on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi’s Politics Hour. He also writes a weekly column for The Current newspapers called Tom Sherwood’s Notebook.
In both 2005 and 2009, Tom was the only local television reporter to be named one of the Top 50 Journalists in Washington by Washingtonian magazine. The magazine said “There’s a reason Sherwood often tells the DC mayor where to stand at press conferences: Mayors come and go; Sherwood stays.”
In 1994, Tom co-authored Dream City – Race, Power and the Decline of Washington, DC. The book chronicles the history of how the U.S. Congress has treated the District of Columbia and recounts the rise and fall of former Mayor Marion Barry.
Tom is a native of Atlanta. He currently resides in Washington’s Southwest neighborhood and has one son, Peyton.