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 (2011-2016) and WTTG-TV (2007-2011) in Washington D.C., and WMAR-TV in Baltimore (2003-2007). She also worked as a reporter and anchor at WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., and KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo.
Thompson is a member of ESPN’s Peabody Award winning team for its work on “Spartan Secrets” and received the 2019 national Gracie Award for Best Online Video Host for “Being Believed: A Conversation with Sister Survivors,” which also received the 2019 Gold Telly Award for Best Online Talk Show. She’s the recipient of more than 100 awards and honors, including three other Gracie Awards, 24 regional Emmy Awards, 15 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Gerald Loeb Award for business reporting and SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service journalism. She and producer Andy Lockett were 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.