Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Public affairs journalist in residence this week

Lea Thompson, a veteran investigative television reporter and UW alum, is visiting the campus as part of the Public Affairs Writer in Residence program this week. Her visit includes a dinner with La Follette School students.

In more than 35 years at Dateline NBC News and WRC-TV in Washington, Thompson won every major journalism award in broadcasting, including two Peabodys, two George Polks, a Columbia Dupont, three National Emmys, 20 Regional Emmys, two national Edward R. Murrow Awards, six Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, a Loeb, dozens of other national journalism awards as well as numerous civic and lifetime service awards.

For 15 years Thompson was a chief correspondent at Dateline NBC, NBC News. During that time she also reported for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNBC and MSNBC and did work for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and Court TV.

As a freelancer, Thompson has anchored and been Executive Editor of an hour magazine show featuring investigative and human-interest stories, anchored a daily finance/consumer program and a 13 part syndicated series "Fraud Squad".

She anchored a series with presidential candidates on health care for RLTV and PBS in 2008, anchored a weekly hour program on Sirius Radio 140, and has been narrator/producer for documentaries and syndicated series pilots.