Cheryl W. Thompson

ReporterWashington, D.C.


And so will Billy Martin’s high-profile client list, from Lewinsky’s mom to Chandra Levy’s parents.

  • Feb 13, 2015

Some of the victims didn’t receive protection, but others were offered protection and turned it down.

  • Jan 10, 2015

After witnessing a slaying, a police informant in the federal protection program had to begin a new life.

  • Jan 10, 2015

Since 2004, at least 37 people in D.C. and Maryland have been killed for cooperating with law enforcement or out of fear that they might, according to a Post investigation. Eighteen of those occurred in the District.

  • Jan 10, 2015

FBI agent under investigation for alleged evidence-tampering intends to cooperate, his lawyer says.

  • Nov 6, 2014

Ten years after Jonathan Luna’s body was found far from his Baltimore home, his death remains unsolved.

  • Dec 12, 2013

More than 145 complaints, some alleging deception, have been filed against alternative power suppliers.

  • Jul 11, 2013

More than $1.5 million flowed between Arl Williams and Clarence Brown, their families and their friends.

  • May 21, 2013

Obama addresses Ohio State graduates, implores them to work for change; cites Bush in speech.

  • May 5, 2013

Former reporter and editor Gracie Lawson-Borders to start July 1, looking forward to digital future.

  • Apr 29, 2013
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Cheryl W. Thompson, an investigative reporter, came to The Post in 1997 and has written extensively about immigration, government and crime, including a two-part series on the tracing of guns used to kill police officers, which won several honors, including an Emmy award in 2011.

She also has reported on a Prince George’s County, MD official who awarded millions of dollars in contracts to his friends, who did little or no work. The stories prompted investigations, which ended with an indictment of the official and several others. The official, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced in 2011 to seven years in federal prison.

Cheryl also served as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Her other work includes a three-part series on the lack of oversight of physicians by state medical boards, and a four-part series that she co-authored on D.C. police homicide investigations. The series prompted city leaders to overhaul homicide investigations and led to the creation of a criminal investigator’s training academy. She also was part of the reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

A Chicago native, Cheryl has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Howard universities.