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Marsha Thompson

Marsha Thompson is a veteran award-winning 6 p.m. news anchor and reporter at WLBT who is passionate about her work.

March 20, 2009  in a first-of-its-kind ceremony at the FBI national Headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  she and more than 50 civic leaders and humanitarian-minded organizations from across the country were honored for their work.

Marsha is a 2008 winner of the Director's Community Leadership Award which since 1990 has celebrated those who have made significant contributions to public wellbeing and security. The award is presented annually.  Marsha was presented the award by FBI Director Robert Mueller, III in Washington.  She received the award for her work on the weekly series called, MOST WANTED. 

Her latest assignment is tackling your problems as WLBT's "3 On Your Side" Chief Investigative Reporter. She has uncovered government waste and shown ordinary citizens how they can tap into millions of unclaimed funds. Among other assignments, she participated in an undercover Internet sex sting operation with law enforcement and the national watchdog group Perverted Justice.

She's eager to track down stories that our viewers send via e-mail and by phone. Marsha works in tandem with other 3 On Your Side reporters in the WLBT newsroom to followup on significant issues of interest, from government waste to helping you determine if you live in a flood zone, as well as problems that continue to plague Mississippians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Over the years, other assignments have ranged from presidential visits to space shuttle launches to legislative stories. Marsha has traveled abroad to Egypt, Russia, and France, bringing home to the viewers stories about upcoming international art exhibits destined for the City of Jackson.

Very active in the community, Marsha was recently nominated by the Special Agent in Charge of the Mississippi Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to participate in the 2007 FBI Citizen's Academy. She continues to maintain membership in the Atlanta Press Club, as well as being a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Marsha has served as past President of Mississippi Press Broadcasters Association as well as news director at WLBT. Marsha has received numerous distinguished awards for her reporting and anchoring, including the NAACP Fannie Lou Hamer award and special service award from the Mississippi Commission for Prevention of Child Abuse. Also, she was named as Investigative Reporter of the Year by the Mississippi Associated Press in 1998. In 2001, Marsha was formally commended by Mississippi State Medical Association for her outstanding work and her contribution to health care in the State of Mississippi.

She had the prestigious honor to be selected as a 2001 Olympic torchbearer for Mississippi and carried the Olympic flame in Biloxi as it made its way across U.S. soil.

Most of all, she's delighted to be back home from Atlanta with friends, family and the WLBT Team.

marsha@wlbt.net

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