Cheryl W. Thompson @cherylwt President, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Investigative Correspondent, NPR

Cheryl W. Thompson, a veteran of The Washington Post and NPR, also is an associate professor teaching investigative reporting and advanced news writing at George Washington University, and is president of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Her most recent work in The Post was an investigation into the unsolved murders of six black girls in the nation’s capital (published May 2018). It won this year’s NABJ’s Salute to Excellence award for investigative reporting/magazine, and the SPJ Dateline award for excellence in local journalism. Ms. Thompson joined NPR in January after 22 years with The Washington Post, where she wrote extensively about law enforcement, political corruption and guns, including an investigative series that tracked guns used to kill more than 500 police officers in the U.S. She also covered the White House under President Obama and the Justice Department. In 2017, her reporting on Howard University Hospital found myriad problems at the storied facility, and in 2015, her reporting revealed nearly 40 witnesses to crime in the D.C. area were killed for talking to authorities or out of fear that they might. Her national investigation in that same year found that nearly one person a week died after being Tasered by police. That story was part of the newspaper’s year-long series on police shootings that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2016. She has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, National Headliner, Freedom of Information Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors, and three Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.. She also was part of a team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She was named NABJ’s Educator of the Year for 2017. Ms. Thompson was also part of the investigative team of the Kansas City Star, and worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the Gainesville (FL) Sun. Ms. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also serves on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and founded a NABJ student chapter on the GW University campus in 2014 where she serves as advisor. Ms. Thompson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Cheryl is speaking at

September 26, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


Veteran trainer, teacher and investigative journalist Cheryl Thompson gives the basics on how to do -- and think about -- investigative journalism. Recommended for any reporter who needs a solid grounding in the methodology of muckraking.

September 27, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room 2.104, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



The interview is one of the most important tools we journalists have to obtain information, to expand on information we find from other sources, and to clarify facts and see things from different perspectives. Often, we pay little attention to this key skill. But to be a truly effective journalist requires that we hone our interviewing skills to an art. This session will offer tips and guidelines from two of the best in the business -- one on print, the other on broadcast.

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