Mark Thompson (reporter)
Thompson addressing a gathering at Boston University in 2005
|Born||1953 (age 63–64)
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
|Alma mater||Boston University|
|Occupation||National security reporter (ret.)|
|Children||Jonathan & Geoffrey|
He reported for Time Magazine from 1994 to 2016 before retiring.
Thompson graduated from Boston University in 1975 and began his career where he grew up, at the Pendulum, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. After a spell in Pontiac, Michigan, he moved to Washington in 1979, where he joined the Washington bureau of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. There he won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service recognizing a five-part series published in March 1984. Thompson covered, or uncovered, a design flaw in Bell helicopters that went uncorrected for a decade and led to the deaths of 250 U.S. servicemen; in consequence of his work, 600 Huey helicopters were grounded and modified. He joined Knight-Ridder Newspapers in 1986, where he reported extensively on the Persian Gulf War and the U.S. invasion of Panama.
In 1994, he joined TIME magazine as national-security correspondent, focusing on the challenges facing the post-Cold War U.S. military. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, he charted the resulting profound changes in U.S. military policy, and the impact of those changes on the men and women waging the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- "Public Service". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- Holloway, Karel (April 25, 1985). "FW paper sees Pulitzer as vindication". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
- James Kelly;Joseph J. Kane/Atlanta, with other bureaus (May 6, 1985). "Local Angle". TIME. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
- "Mark Thompson: Bio". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 1996. Retrieved January 11, 2009.