Tom Leyden

Sports Director

A part of the WXYZ sports team since 2004, Tom Leyden was named Sports Director in June, 2012.  He anchors sports for Action News and hosts Lions GameDay Live.

“I love working here,” says Tom. “The people of Michigan have been great to me. The sports news cycle never slows down and the passion of the fans is unreal. Sports brings this community together.”

Tom always tries to appeal to a broad audience, not just the hard-core sports junkie.

"I can talk x's and o's, but I really enjoy speaking to people who may not know a lot about sports and trying to make the story mean something to them, too. Emotion should always guide you."

The Associated Press recognized Tom in 2014 with its Best Sportscast award. He received the same honor from the AP in 2010, 2011 and 2013. 

He also earned the Best Sportscast award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in 2013.

Tom has received 23 Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has won 10 Emmys.

He was named Best Sports Anchor in Michigan in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

He also was honored as Best Sports Reporter in Michigan in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Lions GameDay Live was honored with an Emmy in 2014 as Best Daily or Weekly Sports Program.

For his work with the Taste of the NFL charity event in 2006, Tom received the "Lou Groza Let’s Kick Hunger Award." This honor is bestowed annually to the person in the Super Bowl site city who does the most to support and advance the cause of the Taste of the NFL organization.

A native of Westport, CT and graduate of Boston College, Tom moved to Detroit after spending four years at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA.

Before working at WFMZ, Tom spent four years at the National Football League and two years at the National Hockey League in New York.

Tom's always drawn to good music and likes to entertain a party by pounding out a few tunes on the piano. Favorites include "Scenes from An Italian Restaurant," by Billy Joel, "Why Should I Cry For You?" by Sting and "Running to Stand Still," by U2.

Tom lives in Oakland County with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters, Dahlia and Olivia. You can contact Tom by sending an e-mail to tleyden@wxyz.com .

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