Tisha Thompson

Tisha Thompson joined ESPN in January 2017 as a Washington D.C., based investigative reporter. As part of ESPN’s Enterprise unit, Thompson covers investigative and long-form features for E:60, Outside the Lines, SportsCenter and ESPN.com, and is a contributing writer to ESPN the Magazine, espnW and ESPN FC.

Before joining ESPN, Thompson worked as an investigative reporter at WRC-TV in Washington D.C. (2011-2016), where her stories led to the creation of new laws and regulations, firings and corporate changes. Prior to WRC, Thompson worked as an investigative reporter for WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., and WMAR-TV in Baltimore. She also worked as a reporter and anchor at WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., and KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo.

Thompson has been honored with dozens of regional and national awards, including 24 Emmy Awards, 15 Edward R. Murrow Awards, three Gracies, the Loeb and SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service. She and producer Andy Lockett were recently nominated for the 2018 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting by the Center for Sports Communication & Media at the University of Texas. Their investigation of the University of Rochester Football team entitled, “I Just Wanted to Survive” was ranked #2 on Chartbeat’s “100 Most Engaging Stories of the Year,” with more than 17.5 million minutes engaged.

A fifth-generation reporter, Thompson’s journalistic roots can be traced back to the late 1800’s. She played women’s rugby at Princeton University and received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. She is an advisory board member for the Fund for Investigative Journalism and resides in her hometown of Washington D.C.