Mark Thompson (reporter)
Thompson addressing a gathering at Boston University in 2005
|Born||c. 1953 (age 62–63)
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
|Alma mater||Boston University|
|Occupation||National security correspondent, TIME magazine|
|Children||Jonathan & Geoffrey|
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 defense correspondent, where he has written or co-written cover stories on the Army's use of prescription drugs on soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan,[a] the Marines' V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft,[b] the Army at the breaking point,[c] the wisdom of restarting the military draft,[d] and profiles of then-United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,[e] and then-General Tommy Franks.[f]
Thompson also reported extensively from Afghanistan and Iraq, reporting on the progress of the conflicts there and the unexpected lack of armor for the U.S. military,[g] and has written four major pieces on the true costs of the Iraq war—an early look at the war's wounded,[h] a study of the U.S. troops killed in a single week,[i] the lonely vigil of an Ohio family whose son was the first American soldier in this war to be listed as missing in action,[j] whose remains were ultimately recovered in March, 2008, and the death of a GI at the hands of Army medicine a year after he was slightly wounded in Iraq.[k]
^[a] Thompson, Mark (June 5, 2008). "America's Medicated Army". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[b] Thompson, Mark (September 26, 2007). "V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[c] Thompson, Mark (April 5, 2007). "America's Broken-Down Army". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[d] Thompson, Mark; Michael Duffy (September 1, 2003). "Is The Army Stretched Too Thin?". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[e] Thompson, Mark; Michael Duffy (April 14, 2006). "Pentagon Warlord". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[f] Duffy, Michael; Mark Thompson (March 17, 2003). "Straight Shooter". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[f] Thompson, Mark (December 17, 2004). "How Safe Are Our Troops?". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[h] Thompson, Mark; Romesh Ratnesar (November 10, 2003). "The Wounded Come Home". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[i] Gibbs, Nancy; Mark Thompson; Amanda Bower; Nathan Thornburgh; Simon Robinson (July 21, 2003). "A Soldier's Life". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[j] Thompson, Mark (February 14, 2005). "What Happened to Matt Maupin?". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
^[k] Thompson, Mark (February 14, 2008). "Dying Under the Army's Care". Time Magazine (Time Inc). Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Public Service". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- Holloway, Karel (April 25, 1985). "FW paper sees Pulitzer as vindication". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- James Kelly;Joseph J. Kane/Atlanta, with other bureaus (May 6, 1985). "Local Angle". TIME. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Mark Thompson: Bio". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 1996. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
- Long, Elizabeth Valk, President (June 13, 1994). "To Our Readers". TIME. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- Associated Press (March 31, 2008). "Remains of Soldier Missing Since ’04 Are Found in Iraq". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-11.