Tommy Valentine joined the NEWS10 family in July 2022 as a sports anchor and reporter. Having grown up just outside of Syracuse, N.Y., he is elated to begin his sports broadcasting career so close to home. Tommy has covered Central New York and Western New York athletics, and he can’t wait to bring his experience to the Capital Region, and tell the stories of inspiring, local athletes!
After graduating from Chittenango High School, Tommy went on to attend Onondaga Community College for two years. As a freshman, Tommy’s professors provided him with numerous unique opportunities to work on professional production crews. He worked in the stats position for multiple productions of Syracuse University men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as the 2019 The Basketball Tournament (TBT), and he worked as a utility for MLB Network during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.
Tommy then transferred to St. Bonaventure University and immediately got involved with SBU-TV, the campus’ student-run news station, as well as ESPN+. He was promoted to sports director for SBU-TV midway through his second semester at SBU. In his role with ESPN+, Tommy provided play-by-play for numerous Bonaventure athletic events, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and baseball. His most memorable experience at St. Bonaventure was covering the men’s basketball team’s Atlantic 10 tournament run, which saw the Bonnies reach the NCAA Tournament. That season, he was fortunate to call play-by-play for some of their regular season games.
Through SBU’s Jandoli School of Communication, Tommy earned both the Koop Award for excellence in broadcasting and the Paul Wieland Award for excellence in sports media. He is honored to say that he is one of the few seniors ever in the Jandoli School to have been recognized with two senior awards.
His collegiate career was capped off with a top-20 finish in the 2020-21 William Randolph Hearst Foundation Television News Competition. And in May 2021, he was named a finalist for the 2021 Jim Nantz Award, ranked as the 15th-best collegiate sports broadcaster in the country by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA). Upon graduating, Tommy did freelance play-by-play work for Charter Communications/Spectrum in Buffalo, N.Y. He called Section VI Friday night high school football games broadcast on Spectrum News 1.
When he’s not working, Tommy loves to hit the gym, and play sports with his friends. He’s also quite the foodie; you’ll probably see him in restaurants picking up to-go food as much as you’ll see him out shooting video! If you catch him in either instance, feel free to come up and say hello; he’s also happy to talk sports anytime! He’s looking forward to the chance to speak with viewers, and he welcomes anyone with story ideas to reach out to him via email, or social media!