A University of Maryland graduate, Tom Ferraro spent two years at The Hagerstown Morning Herald in Maryland before joining United Press International in 1973. After working in several UPI bureaus, he moved to Washington, D.C., and became a national feature writer and then a White House reporter. During the Gulf War, he was one of UPI’s combat correspondents. In 1994, he joined the New York Post and then Bloomberg and in 1998 went to Reuters where he became its senior congressional correspondent. He retired from daily journalism in 2014, but kept active as a freelancer, appearing in several publications, including the Smithsonian Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and AARP Maryland's Bulletin magazine. He also served two years with AmeriCorps-Vista, the national anti-poverty program.