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Thomas Andrew Merritt (born June 28, 1970 in Greenville, Illinoismarker ) is an Executive Editor for CNET and the developer and co-host of the daily podcast Buzz Out Loud along with Jason Howell and a rotating panel. He is also the author of CNET's "The Real Deal"

, a regular column & podcast (co-hosted with Rafe Needleman) dealing with consumer technology. He also co-hosted the tech support call-in program CNET Live with fellow editor Brian Cooley, and is also the host of CNET Top 5.

Born in Greenville, Illinoismarker, Merritt's father worked on the Coffee-Mate project as a food scientist. Merritt received a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignmarker and pursued graduate work in communications at the University of Texas at Austinmarker.

Tom's foray into the world of radio began in 1986 as a DJ for WGEL, a country music station located in Greenville, Illinoismarker. In 1993, Merritt worked as an intern for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition". 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. Tom Merritt started his current job with CNET in 2004. In addition to his duties as co-host of Buzz Out Loud, Merritt hosts a podcast with Roger Chang called East Meets West which deals with various issues such as technology, sports, and politics.. Tom regularly appears on other popular podcasts such as This Week in Tech and Cranky Geeks.

Merritt has also written a novel, Boiling Point.

In February 2006, Merritt appeared on This Week In Tech as a guest host and has since appeared on the show a number of times. Merritt is married to Eileen Rivera and they live in Oaklandmarker, Californiamarker with their dog Jango..


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