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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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.

As the City of Columbus copes with falling tax revenues and a rising budget defecit, employees continue to contribute little for their benefits. The amount of money Columbus employees pay each month for health insurance is far below the national average. Last month the Kaiser Family Foundation released its national health insurance premium survey. It found the average American in 2003 paid $200 a month for family health insurance coverage. City of Columbus employees pay no where near that amount. Most city employees pay about $50 a month for a family plan.

Six months after an arson killed five college students near the Ohio State University campus, the arsonist remains at large. University officials and police have announced a new poster campaign for information in the case.

John Kleberg of Ohio State's office of studnet affairs says the message of the posters is clear: police still want information, any information about the night of April 13th.

Two Ohio State students and three Ohio University students died after someone set fire to the 17th Avenue house in which they were sleeping.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has a new president. It's Ty marsh, who currently serves as Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's chief of staff.

Chamber executives cited Marsh's knowledge of the community and the chamber of commerce as well as his economic development experience.

Marsh has worked as Coleman's chief of staff since January of 2000. Before that he served as a senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. Marsh replaces Sally Jackson who resigned earlier this month. He begins his new job in December.

The parent company of Big Bear grocery stores has announced it will close 5 stores in the Columbus area. The stores will cease operations by the end of the year. The move is part of Penn Traffic's plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

American Electric Power says it is surprised a federal agency filed a lawsuit against the company alledging the utility manipulated natural gas prices to make millions of dollars.

In a statement AEP says it is cooperating with the Commodity Futures Trading Comission and hopes to reach a settlement.

Last year, AEP fired five employees who the company says submitted innacurate gas trading information to trade publications. AEP says it has no indication that any current employees were involved in the activities.