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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After a summer-long investigation, the Ohio State University athletics department has decided what to do with Maurice Clarett.

OSU athletics director Andy Geiger announced Clarett would be suspended for the season. Geiger disclosed Clarett violated the NCAA rule that prohibits him from accepting gifts as a college athlete. He says Clarett accepted thousands of dollars in gifts but he would not say exactly how many thousands of dollars. Geiger also said Clarett lied to NCAA and university investigators on 14 different occasions, violating the NCAA ethics rule.

Sunday will be a great day of music at the Germain Amphitheater, a who's who in the music industry will take the stage at Polaris for Farm Aid 2003. The day-long jam session will benefit family farms in Ohio and across the nation. The list of performers includes Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow. Farm Aid concerts began in 1985 but this is the first time Ohio will host the event. Proceeds from the event will pay for programs to promote family farming and locally grown produce. Farm Aid also provides emergency assistance to the owners of family farms.

A Lewis Center couple has some new mouths to feed. In a span of four minutes Candace and Tom Sweeney went from having no children to having five children. Candace Sweeney gave birth to quintuplets last night at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Doctors delivered four girls and their lone brother within in four minutes. Hospital spokesman Mark Hopkins says the first baby, Adriana, was born at 10:44, followed by Alyssa, Bryce, Olivia, and Serena. Tom Sweeney says the babies are doing well.

A local environmental group says one in five people in central Ohio lives in an area with dangerous levels of diesel fumes. The group calls on government and private companies to install pollution-control equipment. The Ohio Environmental Council says a quarter of a million people live in what they call diesel hot spots. Most of the hot spots are near major roadways. The council's Staci Putney says several health studies have indicated people who live in heavily polluted areas are at greater risk for cancer and lung disease.