Tom Meyer -- The Investigator -- is a 44-year broadcast news veteran with a reputation as one of the best investigative newsmen in the business. It's a reputation he earned by believing that it's not what you cover, but it's what you uncover that makes the difference. A number of Tom's investigations have led to consumer reform, changes in the law, policy changes, firings, criminal investigations, arrests and indictments.
Tom has won more than 185 local, state, regional and national awards, including the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, the Press Club's National Headliner Award and a national UPI award. He has the distinction of winning 66 Emmys -- more Emmys than any other reporter in Northeast Ohio.
The Ohio Associated Press has named Tom "Best Reporter in Ohio" on four separate occasions, including 2007. The Ohio Associated Press honored Tom for Best Investigative Reporting in 2010 and for Best Continuing Coverage of the public corruption scandal in Cuyahoga County. The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists has also named Tom the "Best Reporter in Ohio."
He was inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame in 2008,and the NATAS Emmy Silver Circle in 2017. This award honors Hall of Fame Broadcasters who have made significant contributions to television for 25 years or more. The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters honored Tom in 2016 with a lifetime award for excellence.
The Ohio Senate honored Tom for his "exceptional reporting," citing him for a "keen eye, thorough research, and a lucid, colorful style" that has "contributed something of precious and enduring value." State lawmakers paid special recognition to Tom for his "unflinching coverage of a scam directed at chronically ill children" and for an "illuminating broadcast about chiropractors."
Tom brought his skills to Channel 3 News following a successful 29-year career at two Cleveland TV stations. Local news legend Virgil Dominic brought Tom to WJW-TV in 1979 to launch the well-known I-Team. Three years later, Tom chose to leave the I-Team and start a second investigative unit called the Fact Finder at the same station. Tom left WJW after 18 years. He started yet another investigative unit at WOIO-TV. For 11 years, he broke numerous stories including government waste during the Mayor Campbell administration. His expose on the horrors of horse slaughter for human consumption received national attention.
Tom worked part-time at various television and radio stations before graduating from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He began his broadcasting career at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois, where he covered city hall and police. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he shared a desk with Oprah Winfrey at WTVF-TV. Tom uncovered corruption in the governor's office in the two and half years he worked in the Music City.
Tom is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He has spent his free time coaching youth sports, gardening, volunteering at his church and participating in service organizations including the Mission of Love.
Tom and his family have made Greater Cleveland their home for four decades.