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.)

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John Raphael
File Photo

Columbus City Hall lobbyist John Raphael has agreed to plead guilty to extortion charges involving Columbus elected officials and Redflex, the city's red light camera vendor. 

Tom Borgerding Retires After 30 Years At WOSU

Aug 31, 2015

 After three decades of serving the listeners of WOSU, veteran newsman Tom Borgerding has signed off the air for the final time.   Tom retired from 89-7 NPR News on Monday after a long career in radio journalism which he filled with a passion for news, a friendly on-air style and a Bob Dylan quote for every occasion. 

Red light camera
Wikimedia Commons

In his first response to word that federal investigators are looking into bribery allegations at Columbus City Hall involving a red light camera company, Mayor Michael Coleman said, “I had no involvement in the decision to award the contract to Redflex.”

Columbus Dispatch
Dave Newman (2009) / / Flickr

The long history of family ownership of The Columbus Dispatch has officially come to an end. New Media investment Group has completed its purchase of The Dispatch from the Wolfe family.

The sale price: $47 million.


After 110 years the Wolfe family plans to sell The Columbus Dispatch.

The Dispatch Printing Company announced this morning it has agreed to sell its print publications to the New Media Investment Group, based in New York City. 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Federal Food and Drug Administration inspection reports reveal many problems with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams current and former production facility. Jeni’s plans to re-open tomorrow after a month-long voluntary shut down and recall which followed the discovery of listeria in some of its ice cream. 


It looks like a temporary director will  lead the Ohio State University Marching Band for a  second straight season.  

OSU has announced  that Christopher Hoch will serve as interim director for the upcoming season. 

Hoch will take over for Russell Mikkelson who led the band last season following the firing of Jon Waters in a sexual harassment scandal.

Crosse Point Free Will Baptist Church
Mandie Trimble / WOSU

Public health officials say potato salad made with home-canned potatoes likely sickened 21 people who attended a church potluck in Lancaster earlier this month. 


The Columbus Blue Jackets, out of the playoff chase, were busy at the NHL trade deadline.

The Jackets Monday afternoon traded defenseman James Wisniewski and a 2015 third round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Rene Bourque, a prospect and a 2nd round draft pick in 2015.

Ohio State University has fired women’s basketball coach Jim Foster. Foster’s dismissal came after the team had a losing record in the Big Ten Conference and failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Foster coached OSU women for 11 seasons, and was the winningest coach in the program’s history in terms of winning percentage and total wins. His record was 279 wins and 82 losses. OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith called Foster a wonderful representative of the university who provided exceptional mentoring to young people on and off the court.