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.
A YouTube influencer who records video confrontations with public officials was charged Tuesday with assaulting a woman police had been assisting during a mental health call.
As lawmakers continue to call for his resignation, Minnesota Rep. John Thompson has questioned the authenticity of domestic assault police reports. But, photos provided by the Eagan Police Department appear to show Thompson in a 2004 case.
Questions about Thompson’s residency were raised after he was stopped by St. Paul Police on July 4 for not having a front license plate.
State Representative John Thompson said he was racially profiled by St. Paul Police on July 4th when he was stopped for not having a front license plate on his vehicle.
Police chiefs from Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and New Hope spoke to FOX 9 about the gun violence they are seeing in their communities.
A woman called the "Neighbor from Hell" has been charged again after she allegedly harassing another set of neighbors.
Unbeknownst to Kevin Ne Se Shores, the man who helped him launch his run for Congress for the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party was working with the GOP.
The practice of "coaching" in police departments could be used in lieu of officer discipline, keeping the situation out of the public eye.
The union representing Minneapolis' police officers filed ethics complaints against the city attorney pointing to comments he made in an op-ed explaining why he left Target for the city job.
A discovery of deformed frogs by some Minnesota New Country School students in the 90s set off a media whirlwind. But did scientists ever figure out what happened to the frogs?