Before joining ProPublica in 2014, Thompson spent 15 years at The New York Times as the Mexico City bureau chief, as a Washington correspondent, and as a member of the Investigative Unit. Thompson was part of a team of reporters at The New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for the series, “How Race is Lived in America.” In 2006, she was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize by Columbia University for distinguished reporting from Latin America. Her work has also won an Overseas Press Club Award, and an InterAmerican Press Association Award. Thompson’s reporting has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic and Audible.
In addition to reporting, Thompson is a visiting professor at Columbia Journalism School and has taught a course for Spanish-speaking students at CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Purdue University, and a Masters in Public Policy, with a focus on human rights law, from George Washington University.
The John Chancellor Award was established in 1995 by Ira A. Lipman—who recently passed at the age of 78—founder of Guardsmark, LLC one of the world's largest security service firms. The jury is chaired by Lynn Sherr, and in addition to Lipman includes Dean Steve Coll, Dean Emeritus Nicholas Lemann, Jelani Cobb, Hank Klibanoff, Michele Norris, Bill Wheatley and Mark Whitaker, as well as John Chancellor’s daughter Mary Chancellor.
About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Award. Journalism.columbia.edu