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Thompson began her journalism career in 1979 working for WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana where she was from 1979—1983 and then a consumer reporter for NBC affiliate KSDK-TV in Saint Louis, Missouri, from 1983–1986, and NBC affiliate WDIV-TV in Detroit from 1986–1997.
She first joined NBC News in 1997 as a National correspondent. She shared two Gerald Loeb Awards for business journalism: the 2004 Tevelision Short Form award for "The Jobless Recovery," and the 2006 Television Deadline award for "The Katrina Effect." From March 2005–April 2007 she was Chief Financial Correspondent, covering issues such as the economic impact of Hurricane Katrina and the Martha Stewart trials. In April 2007 she became Chief Environmental correspondent and has covered many economic and environmental issues, particularly the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She also covers the Catholic Church including former Pope Benedict XVI and current Pope Francis.
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