Politico’s Marilyn Thompson Named Shorenstein Center Fellow

For spring 2016.

Politico deputy editor Marilyn Thompson is among a small group selected as spring 2016 fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

The center’s work focuses on studying how media and tech influence politics and public policy. Fellows spend a semester there participating in the community and academic life of the center/Harvard while researching and writing about a particular area of focus. For Thompson, that will be a very timely look at “money, politics and the press in 2016,” as per the announcement.

Thompson arrived at Politico in January 2015, coming over from Reuters, where she was the Washington bureau chief. Prior to that, her career included time at a number of major dailies, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a stint as the editor and vice president of the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2003.

Thompson’s cohort of fellows includes Texas A&M University associate professor of communication Johanna Dunaway, BBC South Asia editor Joanna Jolly and Northeastern University professor and Nieman Journalism Lab contributor Dan Kennedy.

They join Bob Schieffer, who will serve for the duration of the 2016 election season as the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy fellow.