Mike Thompson

Chief Content Director - News & Public Affairs

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.

Mike has worked in public and commercial radio and television in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio earning numerous awards for investigative, enterprising, and feature reporting.

Mike earned an MBA from Ohio State and uses that knowledge to program 89.7 NPR News and manage Ohio’s best radio news staff. At home it’s Mike’s wife Mary who puts up with him.

They have teenage twins- William and Madeleine. Because Will and Maddie now want very little to do with their father, Mike has found the time to resume his running career and competes in the Columbus Marathon and other races. (By the way it’s WUH-Ster or WUH-Stah in the vernacular.)

Ways to Connect

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, while the state battles with cities over gun control, the race to replace John Kasich as governor has entered contentious territory. And as conservative Republicans call for more abortion restrictions, new reports find that some areas of Ohio are no longer safe swimming for the GOP.

Snollygoster, produced by WOSU Public Media, is Ohio’s new political podcast. Every week, hosts Steve Brown and Mike Thompson bring in-depth analysis and hopefully some humor to help you understand all of the week’s biggest news stories.

Before dawn, about 75 Teamsters and their supporters held candles to honor those who've died or are still struggling with addiction.
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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters continued its pressure on Dublin-based drug distributor Cardinal Health Wednesday morning with a vigil to call attention to Cardinal’s role in the opioid crisis.

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A convicted sex offender released from prison in November has been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Ohio State University student.


After outfitting just 12 Columbus Police officers with body-worn cameras in 2016, Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a press conference Thursday that 70 officers in the department's traffic bureau are scheduled to wear the cameras by the end of January.


This week on Columbus On The Record, Mike Thompson and his panel discuss the changing tone of Donald Trump as he enters the home stretch of his bid for the White House.

Columbus has been named a Smart City. What does that mean for our transportation future? WOSU’s Mike Thompson and guests discuss Central Ohio’s transportation future.

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Columbus City Council will remain as it has for 10  years. Current members of city council, the mayor and business leaders easily turned back an attempt to expand the council and convert it to a hybrid of 10 district representatives and three at-large members. 

Columbus on The Record looks back at the Democratic National Convention and Donald Trump's latest controversial statements.