Longtime WNBC Reporter Brian Thompson to Retire in May

By Kevin Eck 

WNBC reporter Brian Thompson is retiring after 25 years with the New York NBC owned station.

Amy Morris, senior vice president of news for WNBC and WNJU, told the New Jersey Globe that she had talked Thompson out of retiring once before.

“I talked Brian out of retiring a few years back,” said Morris. “We had just entered the pandemic, and the tough work he did was vital to our community,” Morris said. “Brian told me he needed to stay on the job to cover what he said was the most important story he would report on during his career. He provided information and updates around the clock—day after day.”


“I feel very fortunate to have been able to be a voice for truth and facts to so many,” Thompson said.

Before joining WNBC in 1998, Thompson worked for five years in Washington, D.C., covering the White House, Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and federal agencies for two-dozen TV stations around the nation. He spent 17 years in Charlotte, N.C., and started his career at radio stations in Charlotte and in Gainesville, Fla.

His last day will be May 5.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Thompson’s retirement would be “a big loss for residents of the tri-state area and New Jersey in particular,” while U.S. Senator Cory Booker called Thompson “one of Jersey’s all-time greats.”