Thom Calandra is the founding editor of CBS MarketWatch and currently serves as the Chief Commentator. He has covered financial markets, companies and the gold market in Europe and the U.S. for more than 20 years -- in London, at the San Francisco Examiner, where he wrote that newspaper's popular daily investing column, and in cities across the USA. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News and periodically delivers commentary for the CBS Radio Network. Thom is a featured commentator on the weekly CBS MarketWatch Weekend television show, which airs on CBS stations across the United States. He writes Thom Calandra's StockWatch, a popular column about U.S. investment trends. Thom was also editor of the 2002 investment book How America Made a Fortune and Lost Its Shirt .

Thom has won many awards and was named one of the top 100 financial journalists in the United States by the TJFR Group. Thom holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor's degree of Arts from City University of New York at Brooklyn College. He lives with his wife, Maura, son, Skylar, and daughter, Gemma, in Sausalito, Calif.

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