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Tisha Thompson

Investigative Reporter


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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20016

United States

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Employment History

Anchor and Political Reporter


Investigative Reporter

ABC2 News

Anchor and General Assignment Reporter


State Capitol Reporter


State Capitol Reporter



The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Board Member

Society of Environmental Journalists

Member of Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society

Society of Investigative Reporters and Editors

Member of Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society


University of Missouri School of Journalism

Master's degree

University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism

undergraduate degree

Princeton University

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2009 Freedom of Information Summit Panelists | FOI Summit | NFOIC [cached]

Paul Anger | Charles N. Davis | Jaimi Dowdell | Katherine Garner | Frank Gibson | Charles Glasser | Jane E. Kirtley | Jeff Lennan | Patrice McDermott | Mary Jo McGuire | James R. Nobles | Tom O'Hara | Rebecca Otto | Karl Pearson-Cater | Barbara Petersen | Kathleen Richardson | James Eli Shiffer | Lisa Skube | Tisha Thompson | Richard J. H. Varn
Tisha Thompson Investigative Reporter, WTTG Fox 5, Washington, D.C. Tisha Thompson uses FOIA almost everyday, much to the chagrin of public officials in and around Washington, DC, where she is the investigative reporter for WTTG-TV. A graduate of Princeton University and Missouri's Graduate School of Journalism, she has won more than 50 national and regional awards, including Sigma Delta Chi, Edward R. Murrow, National Headliner and 6 Emmy Awards. Tisha was recently selected as a 2009 finalist for IRE's FOI medal for her investigation of the antiquated filing system used to track millions of FBI files. Ms. Thompson is participating in the FOI and Infrastructure panel.

Just ask WRC reporter Tisha Thompson, who spent 6 years unearthing the State Department's list of accident reports and driving violations committed by diplomats in Washington, DC.
The project started when Thompson worked across town for Fox affiliate WTTG. She filed a FOIA request with State because it acts as the "DMV" for diplomats, who are notorious in the nation's capital for breaking laws and avoiding punishment under international norms of immunity. Years went by. Thompson checked on her request periodically but she was stymied. Finally, after several years, a really nice guy told me, "It looks like it's being held up for diplomatic reasons," and he said I should be prepared to get nothing back. That's when I knew I really, really wanted whatever it was they had. How to break the logjam? One Friday afternoon, having spent 50 minutes on hold hoping to speak with someone at state, Thompson decided to tweet about it. #FOIAFriday motivated me to check in on my federal FOIA request I've been waiting on for 5 yrs 7 mos. Tracking number starts with "2008" - Tisha Thompson (@TishaOnTV) May 16, 2014 Three weeks later, to Thompson's great surprise, a thick envelope arrived at her desk from the State Department, containing a list of traffic violations committed by diplomats. It wasn't everything she needed but it was enough to unlock local law enforcement and court records, and eventually to put this story on the air.

Today, among the four network affiliates in the nation's capital, Tisha Thompson of WTTG, the Fox outlet, says she is the only reporter dedicated to investigations.
Tisha is the daughter of Lea Thompson, a highly decorated former correspondent for "Dateline NBC," one of a half dozen hour-long network newsmagazines that typically featured an investigative segment.

Tisha Thompson from WRC-Washington had many tips for crafting a strong interview during her one-hour presentation.
Ms. Thompson drew from her experience in the field to outline how journalists should handle their various interviewees-detailing how a journalist should interact with victims, criminals and everyone in between. Ms. Thompson said when interviewing both ... When Tisha Thompson of WTTG in Washington, D.C., gets a call from a tipster who's afraid to leave a name or phone number, she has a surefire way of staying in touch. [caption id="attachment_103" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Tisha Thompson of WTTG-Washington, D.C."] Tisha Thompson of WTTG-Washington, D.C. [/caption] Thompson suggests that the source set up an e-mail account with an alias on AOL, Google or another national provider. To help protect potential whistleblowers, she reminds them not to communicate with her from a work computer or telephone. Once the source e-mails her from the new account, she has a ...

While Tisha Thompson, a reporter for WTTG in Washington D.C., doesn't hesitate to sit herself on public officials' door steps at 6 a.m. to get the story, she tries very hard to make sure it doesn't come to that.
Listen to Thompson share more of her tips on the art of the interview and dealing with a tight-lipped source. Related posts: Handling anonymous tipsters.

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