Tom Lyden

Tom Lyden

Investigative Reporter

Tom Lyden has covered, and uncovered, some of the biggest stories in the Twin Cities in the last 26 years. His reports have led to new laws, put criminals behind bars, led to a politician's resignation, and a governor's open hostility.  

In the last few years, Tom has focused on in-depth reporting as part of the FOX 9 Investigators.  He uncovered a religious cult operating in Minnesota who’s leader, Victor Barnard, sexually assaulted his underage followers.  His reporting lead to an international manhunt for Barnard, resulting in his capture, conviction, and incarceration.  

His reporting on the mysterious death of conspiracy filmmaker David Crowley was also featured in a full length documentary.  

Tom is part of FOX 9’s "jump team" to cover news far from home.  He’s brought home stories to Minnesota viewers from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, the massacre at Virginia Tech, and the hunt for serial killer Andrew Cunanan in Miami.   

Tom has won more than 20 Regional Emmy Awards, and five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting.  

Tom graduated from Lewis and Clark College (B.A. International Affairs) in Portland, OR., and he has a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

He started his journalism career in newspapers at the Daily Star Progress in La Habra, CA.

Tom is an obsessive tennis fan and a moderately good player (3.8 USTA rating).  He lives in Minneapolis with his husband, Fred.  

The latest from Tom Lyden

Former Wisconsin superintendent asks court to stop release of audit

A former Wisconsin school superintendent is trying to stop the public release of a forensic audit expected to detail allegations of financial fraud during his time leading the school district. The St. Croix County District Attorney and federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin have been reviewing the audit for possible criminal charges.

Maple Grove police submit cold case for charges

Maple Grove Police submitted the Rob Anderson cold case to prosecutors last week for possible manslaughter charges, but his family hopes murder charges will be considered as well. Anderson, 19, died mysteriously during a night of underage drinking in the basement of a friend’s house in the early morning hours of December 4, 2009.