Pat Thompson oversees the editorial and advertising students and staff who produce The Daily Mississippian, The Ole Miss yearbook, NewsWatch Ch. 99, Rebel Radio WUMS 92.1-FM and several websites. She is faculty adviser for The Daily Mississippian and teaches writing and editing courses. She led a multimedia journalism project that won the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Award for college journalism.
Thompson has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning journalist — as a staff writer at The Washington Post and as a senior editor at the San Jose Mercury News and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She was part of the Mercury News staff awarded the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting.
Thompson was an assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she taught classes and directed programs. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
She was a Presidential Scholar, a Curators Scholar, and inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha and Mortar Board honor societies. She has been actively involved with ACEJMC journalism accreditation work for many years, and served on the national accreditation committee for six years and on the accreditation appeals boards.