Cheryl W. Thompson is an investigative correspondent for NPR. She also teaches investigative reporting as an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. Prior to joining NPR in January 2019, Thompson was an investigative reporter for The Washington Post for 22 years.
She was named the Journalism Educator of the Year in 2017 by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2011, she won an Emmy award for a prison interview of a Chicago man sentenced to life for killing a police officer. She was also part of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and received two Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, including one for an investigation into the killing of a 14-year-old boy by a Washington, D.C., police officer.