A native of little Burnsville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Tom Higgins attended Brevard College, where he was sports editor of the school newspaper and lettered in basketball.
Immediately after leaving Brevard in 1957, Higgins began his professional newspaper career at the weekly Canton (N.C.) Enterprise. He shortly joined the Asheville Times and it was there that he covered racing for the first time and filed motorsports stories.
Higgins subsequently worked at dailies in Winston-Salem and Durham before joining the Charlotte Observer in 1964. He remained at the Charlotte paper through early 1997 before taking early retirement.
Higgins’ motorsports coverage earned numerous honors over the years, including the 1996 NASCAR Lifetime Achievement Award. He is scheduled for induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall Of Fame on Jan. 22, 2011.
Higgins authored the book, “NASCAR’s 25 Greatest Races.” He co-wrote, with his friend Steve Waid, the authorized biography, “Junior Johnson: Brave In Life.”
Single since 1990, Higgins is the father of two and grandfather of seven.
When old aches and pains allow, he fulfills his lifetime passion for fishing.