2004 Commencement Address: News Correspondent Pierre Thomas
...News correspondent Pierre Thomas to deliver 2004 Virginia Tech commencement address
Blacksburg, Va. -- Newswise - ABC News Justice Department Correspondent Pierre Thomas will address the 2004 graduates of Virginia Tech during the University Commencement exercises Friday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.
A Virginia Tech graduate (communication studies '84), Thomas
has covered the U.S. Justice Department and law enforcement issues
for ABC News
since 2000, reporting on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and contributing to "Good Morning America," "This Week," "Nightline," and other ABC News special events.
...Additional information about Pierre ThomasThomas
has covered a variety of major news stores including the Robert Hanssen
FBI spy scandal, the Oklahoma City Bombing missing FBI files controversy, and the Chandra Levy case.Thomas
was a significant contributor to ABC News'
team coverage of the September 11 attacks and their aftermath, coverage that won the network's news division a coveted Peabody Award and a DuPont Award.A native of Amherst County, Va., Thomas began his journalism career with the Roanoke Times and joined the Washington Post in 1987.
10-year career at the Post
first covered local Virginia politics, police and courts for the Metro section.He then went to work on the Metro investigative staff and the National staff where he covered the Justice Department and law enforcement issues.From 1997 to 2000, Thomas was CNN's Justice Department correspondent, reporting breaking news on terrorism, cyber-crime, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the capture of the railway killer, and the Justice Department's involvement in the Elian Gonzales case.A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Thomas has won numerous awards and recognition during his journalism career.
In 1991, he
was part of a team whose work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on illegal gun use in the Washington, D.C. area.In 1991, and again in 1992, Thomas
won the Mort Mintz Investigative Award, and was a finalist in 1993 for the Livingston Young Journalist Award.In 1994, he
received the Pass Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency
article, "Beyond Grief and Fear."