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 Wisconsin school district is investigating whether its former superintendent improperly billed the district for thousands of dollars in continuing education classes he never took.
"I'm not going to treat you any different than anyone else because of who you are and how we know each other." FOX 9 obtained squad car video and partial audio of Rep. Matt Grossell's drunk driving arrest through a public records request.
Tommy Byers had been inhaling compressed air – also known as huffing – for a quick and ultimately, deadly high.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is promising to review a cold case “again from scratch with multiple senior attorneys" after the case was resubmitted by Maple Grove police nearly 14 years later.
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.
According to a city attorney, "discipline" doesn't always mean discipline when it comes to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Federal prosecutors on Monday said they no longer object to ending the supervised release of a former Minnesota terror suspect.
A registered nurse had her license suspended for a third time after allegedly stealing pain medications last year from residents in a Minnesota nursing home.
The largest renter of single-family homes in the U.S. has ‘extracted’ $40 million dollars in wealth from neighborhoods in North Minneapolis, according to a report from two renters' rights groups.