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 several months of steady but slight declines, Ohio’s unemployment rate remained  unchanged  in July.    The state’s jobless rate stands at  7.2 percent – the same as it was in June. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio   gained about  11,000 jobs last month.  The biggest gains were in educational and health services while the biggest job loss occurred in government. The number of unemployed workers in Ohio was 418,000, about 2,000 less than June.

All Ohio counties will have the same hours for early voting. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Wednesday afternoon decided to order uniform hours for all counties during the early voting period. Controversy erupted last week when it became know that some counties that tend to vote Republican would allow evening and Saturday  in-person early voting, while boards of elections in Democratic leaning counties would limit early voting to business hours on weekdays.

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and former president of the American Bar Association Bill Robinson say courts in Ohio and across the nation face a funding crisis.

The Central Ohio real estate market continues to show signs of recovery.  The Columbus Board of Realtors says home sales climbed 18 percent in June compared to June of last year.   For the year, Central Ohio home sales are about 10 percent ahead of last year. Other Key June, 2012  Stats: Median sales price: $155,250 Avg. Price Per Sq. Foot:  $92.83 Avg. Days on Market:  87

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says supporters of a constitutional amendment to change the way Ohio draws its legislative districts have fallen short of the number of valid signatures needed to get the issue on November's ballot.   Husted says the group Voters First Ohio has fallen about 131,000 signatures short. The secretary of state also says the group failed to get the required number of signatures from 44 counties.  Husted says the group met the legal requirement for only 34 counties. The group has ten additional days to collect the signatures to make up the difference.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are removing the "interim" tag from head coach Todd Richards. The team announced today Richards has agreed to a two year contract through the 2013-2014 season.   Richards took over as interim coach after the firing for Scott Arniel in January.  Richards guided the Blue Jackets to 18-21-2 record, including a 16-14-1 mark over the final 31 games with wins in seven of its last 11 outings.

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.