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

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FOX 9 Presents: The Last Harvest

For the last eight months, FOX 9 has been talking to farmers in every corner of their state for the "Last Harvest." This has been a harvest that will be remembered, and not fondly. The wettest year on record in Minnesota brought historically low yields. A trade war with China created a roller coaster of commodity prices. And farmers continue to struggle with an economic system that encourages small farm operations to get bigger, while going deeper into debt. 

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Out of time

Minnesota farmers lament the age-old feeling that time is running out at their local farms.

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A serial arsonist and his vanishing rap sheet

When serial arsonist Alan Enger was sentenced for his fifth arson last July, he got what most would consider a pretty good deal: 90-days in the county workhouse.