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Cheryl W. Thompson

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Jack B. Johnson, who is serving an 87-month sentence, says he has evidence of ‘probable law enforcement misconduct’

  • Apr 18, 2016

The man was left in a semi-vegetative state by the encounter in Charles County, a complaint says.

  • Dec 1, 2015

Incidents in which police used Tasers to control violent, disturbed people led to charges and controversy.

  • Nov 26, 2015

Gov. Hogan was eager for National Guard to restore order, but Mayor Rawlings-Blake feared escalating a tense situation.

  • May 10, 2015

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake picks herself up after public backlash on the heels of Freddie Gray’s death.

  • May 5, 2015

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

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

  • Nov 6, 2014

Former Prince George’s County executive Jack Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to extortion and witness and evidence tampering. The Post’s Miranda Spivack will be tweeting from federal court in Greenbelt.

  • Dec 6, 2011
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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.
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