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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Democratic Strategist Hillary Rosen has been criticized for saying Ann Romney, who was a 'stay-at-home mom", never worked a day in her life. Do you think 'stay-at-home' moms work as hard as those who work outside the home?

US Supreme Court justices seemed very skeptical of the health insurance mandate in President Obama's healthcare law. How do you think the high court will rule?

Six members of the Ohio State University women's lacrosse team were hospitalized with symptoms of a condition than can cause kidney damage.  OSU says on Friday six athletes were admitted to OSU's Wexner Medical Center with symptoms of rhabdomyolysis which is the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream. The fibers are harmful to the kidney and often cause kidney damage. An OSU statement saying, "A member of the team had reported to the athletic training room with complaints of not feeling well.

10:50pm   Mary Jo Kilroy: "It's now time to rally around Joyce Beatty, Sherrod Brown and President Obama to elect them in November." 10:40pm   Mary Jo Kilroy concedes, losing her 3rd of 4 elections for congress.

Were the Auto Bailouts Worth It?

Feb 27, 2012

The federal bailout of US automakers has become an issue in the presidential campaign because the Republican candidates opposed them. Did the federal government bailout of GM and Chrysler help the Ohio economy?

While voters in three  other states cast primary and caucus ballots, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made a campaign swing through Ohio  including a stop here in Columbus.  Gingrich compared his ideas to those of two Ohio heroes - Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Ohio State University vice president Joyce Beatty is leaving her post permanently as she continues her campaign for Congress. Beatty had taken a leave of absence to run for Franklin County’s new third district against Mary Jo Kilroy, Ted Celeste and Priscilla Tyson.

The new congressional map has prompted additional candidates to jump into Central Ohio races for Congress. Six Democrats now plan to run for the new Franklin county district.  Former mayor’s writing- in candidate Jeff Brown and Darius Mitchell join former State Rep. Joyce Beatty,  State Rep. Ted Celeste, Former Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy and  Columbus City Council member Priscilla Tyson. Also Congressman Steve Stivers.. Has two primary opponents   Ralph Applegate and Charles Chope  - both of Columbus have filed papers to run.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has endorsed former state rep. Joyce Beatty for Congress.   Beatty is one of  four  Democrats trying to win a new Franklin County district.   Coleman called Beatty a “visionary leader at every stage of her career." Beatty said in a statement that she is pleased and humbled by the endorsement. “Columbus has been able to thrive and prosper during the mayor’s tenure. I look forward to working with him to continue to help Columbus thrive," Beatty said.

How Old Is Your Car?

Dec 29, 2011

Today WOSU's Tom Borgerding reports Central Ohioans are holding on to cars longer than they used to.  Blame the weak economy.  But the clunkers are more apt to leave drivers stranded and leave them with large repair bills.   How old is your "clunker'?