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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.)

  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses the maps released by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Jen Miller, executive director for the Ohio League of Women Voters, joins the show.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to send a bill to the statehouse for recreational marijuana.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the latest political wrangling over masks and vaccines in the state.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the results of the special election that decided candidates for Ohio's vacant congressional seats.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss FirstEnergy's admission that it paid $4.3 million to Sam Randazzo just before he became the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chair under Gov. Mike DeWine.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the rise in COVID cases due to the Delta variant and the FirstEnergy settlement to avoid prosecution in the nuclear bailout scandal.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the rise in COVID cases due to the Delta variant and the FirstEnergy settlement to avoid prosecution in the nuclear bailout scandal.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about State Sen. Matt Dolan "listening" to voters as he considers a run for U.S. Senate, and how the home of the Cleveland Indians (a team owned by Dolan's family) could get some state-funded improvements.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about State Sen. Matt Dolan "listening" to voters as he considers a run for U.S. Senate, and how the home of the Cleveland Indians (a team owned by Dolan's family) could get some state-funded improvements.
  • In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss celebrity author J.D. Vance's run for the U.S. Senate.