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.)

Ways to Connect

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.

After a decade long decline, the rate of syphilis has climbed for the second straight year. The Centers for Disease Control reports the rate of syphilis climbed 9% last year.

The city of Columbus is seeing some of the steepest increases in the nation.

To give you an idea of where syphilis was - in the late 1990's there was one reported case among gay men in Columbus, now there are about 65 diagnosed cases among gay men here.

Central Ohio's large gay population is celebrating today's ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The decision said it is unconstitutional to ban gay marriage. The decision does not affect Ohio directly, but it's already having an impact on the debate over a proposed gay marriage ban.

If you are stuck in traffic right now, you may find this hard to believe, but a recent study indicates roadway congestion in Columbus has improved - albeit slightly - over the past couple years.

Gays and guns go together says Kim Rife. Rife's a member of the Ohio chapter of Pink Pistols, a national group dedicated to arming the gay community for its own protection.

Pink Pistols was created three years ago in Boston as more of a social club for shooting enthusiasts. But as word of the group and membership spread nationally, it became more self-defense oriented. There are now 38 chapters in the U-S and at least 5,000 members.

Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel has suspended tight end Louis Irizarry after the freshman was charged with three counts of assault.

The charges stem from a fight Monday night in the dorm room of Irizarry's girlfriend. Police say Irizarry's assaulted his girlfriend and two other men.

Tressel says, "Louis will not be allowed to travel or compete in any games until the matter has gone through the legal process and been resolved at the university level."

Ohio State wide receiver Drew Carter's injured knee will cause him to miss the rest of his senior season. Head coach Jim Tressel made the annoucement Tuesday afternoon at his weekly luncheon. Carter was injured in Saturday's win over Indiana.

Central Ohioans who heat their homes with natural gas should brace for higher heating bills this coming winter. Donald Mason of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says a combination of colder weather and transportation costs could boost gas costs $220 for the average homeowner this heating season. Click on the listen icon to hear an interview with the PUCO's Donald Mason.

Brain Drain affects Columbus

Oct 20, 2003

While the rest of the Columbus job market is stabilizing, the area continues to lose jobs in the professional, scientific and technology sector.

A Columbus landmark will close its doors in about 10 months. Federated Department Stores announced Friday it will close the downtown Lazarus store next August. The news stunned workers and shoppers at the City Center Mall.

The High Street Lazarus store has stood on high street for 93 years. The news comes after two other anchor stores, Jacobsons and Marshall Fields, pulled out of the City Center Mall. City Center bounced back when Kaufmann's replaced Marshall Fields but the Lazarus departure stings.