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Anne Thompson, a 16-year veteran of NBC News, will deliver the address to graduates at the 64th annual Commencement exercises to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Approximately 500 students will receive either a bachelor’s, master’s or associate degree at the ceremony. In addition to addressing the graduates, Thompson will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from King’s.
Thompson is currently NBC News’ Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent. Her reports appear across all platforms of NBC including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com.
“Anne Thompson is a person who exemplifies outstanding personal and professional achievement, the kind of person we wish our students to emulate,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president. “We are most pleased to recognize Anne for her extraordinary professional accomplishments and service in promoting enlightened, engaged and responsible citizenship.
Since being hired by NBC News in 1997, Thompson has been a national correspondent and chief financial correspondent before being named environmental affairs correspondent in 2007. She led coverage of the Gulf oil spill, covering all aspects of the crisis from beginning to when the well was finally killed. This extensive coverage made Thompson the NBC news correspondent with the most airtime in 2010, according to the Tyndall Report.
Thompson received the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award, and she was part of the "Nightly News" team that won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award and the Emmy Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. She was also awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism for a series of reports that aired on "Nightly News" on the jobless economic recovery. She was also nominated for four business and financial news Emmys.
Prior to joining NBC News, Thompson was employed at television stations in South Bend, Ind.; St. Louis; and Detroit.
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