Chrissie Thompson to lead the Education Reporting Network

Nicole Meir | The Associated Press

In a memo to staff on Wednesday, new Global Affairs Editor Noreen Gillespie and Lisa Gibbs, Director of News Partnerships, made a key announcement on the AP Education Reporting Network:

We are delighted to announce that we have selected Chrissie Thompson as the AP Director of the Education Reporting Network. In this role, she will spearhead a new program designed to generate accountability reports on the lasting impacts of the pandemic on education and build the capacity of local newsrooms to also reach their audiences with engaging information. on education.

Chrissie launched USA Today’s Education Team in 2018. Under her leadership, the team won new grants and won top awards from the Education Writers Association and the Council on Contemporary Families. She also leads the USA Today Network education team, overseeing collaborations with approximately 70 local journalists. Chrissie also has a background in education: she holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

She is a collaborative writer who understands the complexities of working in a large, convoluted newsroom. She also has a track record of driving journalism that puts the experience of parents, teachers and students at the center of her work by showing their human experience. She also has a powerful vision for how AP’s new network can help improve education reporting in the industry. She is energetic and empathetic, and we are confident that this new program will thrive under her care.

Chrissie also brings a mix of national and local reporting experience that will be key to the success of the Education Network. Prior to joining USA Today, Chrissie worked as a political reporter and editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer. She was named Ohio’s top reporter and served as editor of a project that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. She also covered the automotive industry for the Detroit Free Press, serving as a senior reporter on the Gerald Loeb Award-winning cover. And she got her start here at the AP, as an intern in the AP’s Mid-Atlantic office.

Chrissie will be based in Spokane and will start with us on April 25th. His first mission will be to build the team, a project that begins immediately! Please join us in welcoming Chrissie to AP and an important project. We are excited to see what she will do for AP and our member newsrooms.