Tisha Thompson is an investigative reporter for the News4 I-Team.
A 21-time EMMY winner, Thompson’s in-depth investigations focus on rooting out public corruption and making you safer, smarter and healthier. Her stories have consistently led to the creation of new laws and regulations, dozens of firings and major corporate changes within national companies.
In 2015, the Maryland governor signed a new housing bill into law after Thompson and the I-Team showed how homeowners lost their entire life savings trying to buy new homes. Montgomery County is currently overhauling its liquor laws after Thompson and her Team exposed theft and bad behavior in their award-winning investigation “Beer Bust.” The national transmission chain AAMCO pulled its multi-million dollar advertising campaign as a direct result of her undercover series that garnered multiple awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, widely considered the most prestigious business journalism award in the nation.
Thompson previously worked as the investigative reporter at WTTG-TV here in Washington, DC, where she exposed how the former president of the University of the District of Columbia used taxpayer dollars on expensive world travel for himself and his family. As the investigative reporter at WMAR-TV in Baltimore, she was the first reporter to test for lead in children’s toys, leading to what became the largest recall of a children’s product in the nation’s history. She also worked as a reporter and anchor at WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY and KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO, covering everything from F-5 tornados to national political conventions. She started her career as an intern at MTV News and with Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson at ABC News.
Thompson has been named “Best Reporter” in every market she’s worked in, including the Best Reporter Emmy award here in Washington, DC and this year’s 2015 Gracie Award for Best Reporter in the nation. This is her second Best Reporter Gracie, having previously won in 2011. Honored with more than 100 national and regional awards, Thompson is the recipient of 21 Emmy Awards, 12 Associated Press Awards and 11 Edward R. Murrow Awards. She’s a five-time Investigative Reporters and Editors finalist and has received multiple National Headliner and SPJ Awards, including the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service.
A third-generation Washingtonian, Thompson was born at Sibley Hospital and attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. She currently sits on the board for the Fund for the Investigative Journalism.
You can contact the News4 ITeam at 202-885-4444 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.