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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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.

Ether Honig / WOSU

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.

Election 2016: Local Elections Blog

Mar 15, 2016
Thomas Bradley / WOSU News

Welcome to WOSU's Election 2016: Local Elections Blog! This is your source, updated through the evening, for all local election coverage in Ohio.

Human trafficking
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A bi-partisan US Senate investigation has found that migrant children placed by the federal government with sponsors in Marion became victims of human trafficking.

John Raphael
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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
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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
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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.