Cheryl W. Thompson is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. For the last nearly 19 years, she has written extensively about police and criminal justice issues, and immigration. Her work has won a regional Emmy Award, two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and other local, regional and national awards. She also was part of a team that was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. She was elected earlier this year to the Investigative Reporters and Editors board and is a Poynter graduate.