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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Investigators looking for whomever is responsible for a series of shootings south of Columbus continue to chase down reports of shots fired, and bullet holes found in cars, trucks, and buildings.

The latest bullet holes were found in a truck in surburban Washington D.C.. A Virginia truck driver noticed two bullet holes in his cab shortly after he drove on 270 south of Columbus. Chief deputy Steve Martin says investigators retreived 2 bullets which are being tested.

Investigators looking into a series of shootings near a Columbus highway are sending out fliers about a $40,000 reward in the case.

So far, a special task force has linked 18 shootings along or near a southern stretch of Interstate 270. One shooting killed a 62-year-old woman.

About 20,000 fliers are being sent to residents in the southern part of Franklin County. Officers also have gone door-to-door in neighborhoods near the shootings.

More than 2,600 tips have been called in to a hotline.

The 35-year-old Eastland Mall is getting a new lease on life. Columbus based Glimcher Realty Trust announced today it will buy Eastland Mall from the Cleveland-based Richard Jacobs group. Glimcher also annouced Eastland will soon have a fourth anchor store. As Glimcher announced it was buying the east Columbus retail center, it announced that the Kaufmann's department store chain will open an anchor store at Eastland. Kaufmann's plans to build a 120,000 square foot store at the mall and open it by the fall of 2005.

Later today we expect to learn the results of an investigation into allegations that Maurice Clarett and other Ohio State University football players received preferential treatment in the classroom.

Ohio State University president Karen Holbrook will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce the results of an internal committee's investigation.

An academic investigation of athletes at Ohio State University has turned up no evidence of academic misconduct by athletes.

A committee has been looking into allegations of preferential treatment of athletes and whether they received inappropriate help from tutors.

That followed a report in The New York Times over the summer that suspended running back Maurice Clarett passed two classes last fall by taking oral exams.

A teenager shot by Columbus police last month intends to sue the police department. The teenager charges the shooting was unjustified and a use of excessive force.

Officers shot 15-year-old Shaindo Pirtle as they conducted a sting operation - trying to catch suspects in a string of pizza delivery robberies on the city's far east side.

The number of tips called into investigators probing the southern outerbelt shootings has slowed.

It has been more than two weeks since authorities linked a shooting to the string of shootings near the southern portion of I-270.

There was a shooting over the weekend. a bullet struck a house on refugee road. Chief Deputy Steve Martin says lab technicians are testing the bullet to see if it matches any others.

Martin says investigators and the public are learning there a lot of gunshots in that area.

Authorities investigating a string of 15 shootings along Insterstate 270 in Columbus say they have no more incidents to link to the shooter.

Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin says the task force continues to get a steady stream of tips. He also announced Friday that the reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the culprit or culprits has been increased to $30,000.

In his daily briefing, Martin says there have been no new ballistic matches to the gun that killed 62-year-old Gail Knisley as she rode in a car along 270 on November 25th.

State agrictulture officials worry that a tiny bug threatens the state's one billion ash trees. Officials have found an infestation of the emerald ash borer in northeast Columbus. Now they are trying to contain it.

Agrilus pannipellis, better known as the emerald ash borer, showed up in about a half dozen ash trees near the Easton shopping center. Officials say a landscaping company bought the trees from a Michigan nursery and planted them off Sunbury Road a couple years ago.

An Ohio consumer group has come out with its annual list of dangerous toys. The Ohio Public Interest Research Group, or Ohio PIRG, Tuesday released its "trouble in toyland" report.

Click the listen icon to hear WOSU's Mike Thompson's interview with Ohio PIRG's Rose Garr.

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