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Thomas Andrew Merritt was (born June 28, 6:36 PM, 1970) in Greenville, Illinois.[1] He is an Executive Editor for CNET and the developer and co-host of CNET networks' daily podcast Buzz Out Loud along with Molly Wood. He also originated CNET's "The Real Deal"[2], a regular column & podcast (co-hosted with Rafe Needleman) dealing with consumer technology. He did the Top 5 Show on CNET TV, and he co-hosted CNET Live with fellow editor Brian Cooley.[3] Born in Greenville Illinois, Merritt's father worked on the Coffee Mate project as a food scientist.[4] Merritt received a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and pursued graduate work in communications at the University of Texas at Austin.[5]

acedtect's famous mugshot

Tom's foray into the world of radio began in 1986 as a DJ for WGEL, a country music station located in Greenville, Illinois.[5] In 1993, Merritt worked as an intern for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition".[5] From 1999 to 2004 Merritt worked for TechTV in San Francisco as an Executive Web Producer and served as a radio host with TechTV until 2003.[5] Tom Merritt started his current job with CNET in 2004.[5] In addition to his duties as co-host of Buzz Out Loud, Merritt hosts a podcast with Roger Chang called East Meets West which deal with various issues such as technology, sports, and politics.[6]

Merritt is married to Eileen Rivera (birthday July 12) [7] and they live in Oakland, California.

Tom has written two books, Boiling Point and United Moon Colonies

Tom sleeps on a bed of money. This is a joke frequently heard on the show.

On friday April 16, 2010 Tom posted in his blog that he would be stepping down as a full-time employee of CNET on friday May 14. The future of Buzz Out Loud will be announced.

See also


  1. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  2. (2006-05-27)"CNET launches Podcast Central". The Online Reporter (494): 10. Retrieved on 2007-11-23.
  3. CNET Podcast Central (19 October 2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  4. Molly Wood and Tom Merritt (18 September 2007). Buzz Out Loud 577: Steve Jobs' pants. Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Resume / CV (21 October 2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  6. [[wikipedia:Roger Chang|]] and Tom Merritt. East Meets West. Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  7. ["" Tom Merritt, podcast # 762].

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