Tom Costello (journalist)

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Tom Costello is an American journalist and correspondent for NBC News, based in Washington, D.C. His reports appear on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and CNBC. His assigned beats include transportation, NASA, regulatory and consumer-related issues.

Since 2005, Costello has been NBC’s lead aviation correspondent. Among the major aviation stories he’s covered: the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco; Air France 447 over the Atlantic; Colgan Air flight 3407 in Buffalo; Comair 5191 in Lexington; and the Miracle on the Hudson landing in 2009 for which NBC News was honored with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award and a National Emmy Award for Breaking News Coverage.

In 2008, Costello led NBC's Emmy award-winning coverage of the Financial Bailout Talks in Congress.


Costello received a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987[1] and a Master's degree in Administration/International Commerce from Boston University[2] in 1996 at its Graduate Center in Brussels.[3]


He spent six years at KUSA-TV in Denver, and two years at KVIA-TV in El Paso, TX. Before joining CNBC, Costello contributed to Financial Times TV and CNN while earning a master's degree in Brussels, Belgium.

From 1996 to 2004, Costello worked at CNBC business news. From 1996-1999, Costello reported from London for both CNBC and NBC News, covering Europe's economic union and the death of Princess Diana, among many stories. From 1999-2002, he served as CNBC's Nasdaq correspondent and was on duty in Manhattan when terrorists attacked on 9/11.

Former NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert brought Costello to the DC bureau in 2005. Previously, he was based at NBC News headquarters in New York.

NBC's coverage of the Miracle on the Hudson was honored with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Costello also led NBC's coverage of the 2008 Financial Bailout Talks in Congress, for which he was honored with a National Emmy Award.

Costello's assignments have taken him around the world; from the terrorist bombings in Madrid, to the Korean DMZ, the Persian Gulf, Japan, the barrios of Mexico, and across much of Europe. His numerous awards include National and Regional Emmys, RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow honors, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliner honors, Best of Gannett, and Best Reporting honors from the Associated Press.

On August 12, 2013, Tom Costello stated in a report about Elon Musk: "He was the inspiration for the Tony Stark character in the Iron Man movies."[4][5][6] In reality Iron Man came out in 1963 and Elon Musk was born in 1971. PayPal wasn't created until 1999, SpaceX was created in 2002, and Tesla Motors in 2003. In criticism of the error, John Oliver of The Daily Show said, "This is basic fact-checking!"[6] The costume from the first Iron Man movie sits on the factory floor at SpaceX, a gift from the movie producers.

But "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau has said Musk did indeed inspire actor Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark. Parts of the movie were even shot at SpaceX headquarters near Los Angeles. [1]

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Costello is married to Astrid Boon and has two Children.


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