BENNINGTON >> Popular New England Sports Network (NESN) Sportscaster Tom Caron will speak at Southern Vermont College (SVC) on March 30. His talk on life in one of sports hottest media markets and the perspective he found after a run-in with cancer will take place in the Everett Mansion Theatre at 6 p.m. for the general public and at 7:30 p.m. for students. The event is co-sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Born in Lewiston, Maine, Caron is studio host for NESN's Boston Red Sox coverage and a one-hour pre-game show, "Red Sox Game Day LIVE," and the post-game shows, "Extra Innings" and "Red Sox Final." During baseball's off-season, Caron hosts "The Instigators," a weekly roundtable discussion of issues surrounding the NHL. He also announces the network's Hockey East broadcasts and The Beanpot.
Caron writes a weekly sports column for the Tuesday edition of the Portland Press Herald regarding the Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and New England Patriots. He also appears on sports talk radio station WEEI and weekly on WBLM-FM ("The Blimp") and ESPN in Burlington.
With his celebrity, Caron has long supported charities such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute, but found himself in a different role last year after a diagnosis of marginal zone b-cell lymphoma. Now a cancer survivor, Caron speaks publicly on how this affected his life.
In 1995, Caron joined NESN hosting the sports magazine "Front Row." Later he served as the station's Boston Bruins studio host and Red Sox field reporter and did play-by-play coverage for the Providence Bruins, Pawtucket Red Sox, and college basketball and hockey.
In 1993, as a sports reporter at WPXT-TV in Portland, Maine, he hosted a weekly hockey feature. In 1998, at WME-TV in Portland, Caron hosted a weekly segment and produced many half-hour sports specials.
Upon receiving a degree in journalism from Saint Michael's College in Vermont, Caron worked for a small newspaper in Vermont covering the Vermont Reds, Cincinnati's AA affiliate. He went on to work for WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, N.Y., covering the Montreal Canadians and Montreal Expos, and later became a sports anchor at WNNE-TV in Hanover, N.H.
Caron has won three New England Emmy Awards, a New York State Broadcasters Award, two James Ellery Awards (for excellence in covering the American Hockey League) and the ECAC Media Award. In 2014, he was inducted into the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame.