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Cheryl W. Thompson

George Washington University/The Washington Post
Associate Professor/Investigative Journalist
   Cheryl W. Thompson is an associate professor teaching investigative reporting and advanced news writing at George Washington University, writes investigative stories for The Washington Post and is vice president of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

   Her most recent work in The Post was an investigation into Howard University Hospital and its myriad problems (published March 25, 2017).

   Since coming to The Post in 1997, Ms. Thompson has written extensively about law enforcement, political corruption and guns, including an investigative series that tracked guns used to kill more than 500 police officers in the U.S. She also covered the White House under President Obama and the Justice Department.

   In 2015, her reporting revealed nearly 40 witnesses to crime in the D.C. area were killed for talking to authorities or out of fear that they might. Her national investigation in November 2015 found that nearly one person a week died after being Tasered by police. That story was part of the newspaper’s year-long series on police shootings that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2016.

   She has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, National Headliner, Freedom of Information Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors, and  two NABJ Salute to Excellence awards. She also was part of a team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

   She was named the 2017 Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

   Before coming to The Post, she was on the investigative team of the Kansas City Star, and worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Daily News of Los Angeles, the Gainesville (FL) Sun and the News-Gazette in Champaign, IL.

    Ms. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also serves on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and founded a NABJ chapter on the GW University campus in 2014 where she serves as advisor. Ms. Thompson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.