Award-winning investigative reporter Isaiah Thompson will be joining the staff of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting beginning Monday, April 6. Isaiah’s position is funded by WGBH News (NPR and PBS) as part of an expanded NECIR-WGBH partnership.
Isaiah joins NECIR from Philadelphia where he has been working as a reporter for AxisPhilly.org, a nonprofit news outlet focused on data driven projects, investigative journalism, mapping, open government and open data. For four years he was a Senior Writer, News Editor at Philadelphia City Paper. Isaiah started his reporting career in Miami as a staff writer for Miami New Times, again focusing on investigative and long form journalism.
“Isaiah brings to NECIR a strong record of in-depth investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. He will be a welcome addition to our staff of nationally recognized journalists,” said NECIR Co-Founder and Executive Director Joe Bergantino.
Isaiah has extensive experience obtaining, making sense of and weaving narratives from large and complex data sets. Over the years his work has appeared on This American Life, WHYY in Philadelphia and in news outlets including Pro Publica, Salon, Esquire, Chicago Reader and others. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin and did a Fellowship at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He has been recognized with many awards for his work including a first place Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award.
Isaiah is an avid long distance bicyclist and a member of the Pen and Pencil Club, the oldest continually active press club in the country. He was an Americorps Vista volunteer and enjoys playing the banjo.