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Tisha Thompson Joins News4

Thompson joins the News4 I-Team

Monday, Oct 31, 2011  |  Updated 3:20 PM EDT
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Tisha Thompson Joins News4

Tisha Thompson and Rick Yarborough

Award-winning investigative reporter Tisha Thompson has joined NBC4's new investigative unit.

"Tisha has a proven record of success that has exposed corruption, protected taxpayers and generated change," said Camille Edwards, vice president of news at NBC4. "She is the perfect person to help us revitalize our investigative unit."

Thompson joins News4 from WTTG-TV, where she spent four years as the lead reporter for Fox5’s investigative unit. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to journalism and investigative reporting, receiving awards such as a 2011 Gracie Award for Best Reporter/Correspondent, an Edward R. Murrow award for hard news reporting, and numerous EMMY awards.

While Tisha is new to NBC4, her roots at the station go way back. Her mother, Lea Thompson, spent more than 20 years at News4 as a news anchor, co-leader of the investigative unit, and consumer reporter before becoming the chief consumer correspondent for Dateline NBC.

"Washington, D.C., is home, and I am so excited to be joining the NBC family, where I hope to continue the long tradition of hard-hitting investigative reporting at this phenomenal television station," Thompson said.

In coming to News4, Tisha is reunited with her former producer, Rick Yarborough, who joined NBC4 last month as Senior Investigative Platform Manager.

While at WTTG, Tisha and Rick teamed up to expose countless examples of corruption in our area. Their investigation into the misuse of take-home vehicles by Fairfax County employees resulted in a county-wide audit that saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. DC government buildings are now safer because of their report on major security flaws involving metal detectors. And their investigative series about excessive spending by the president of the University of the District of Columbia led to hearings by D.C. Council.

Thompson is a Maryland native. She was raised in Potomac and attended Churchill High School before heading off to Princeton University and then the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism.

If you have a tip for the investigative unit, you can e-mail it to news4iteam@nbcuni.com or call 202-885-4444.

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