Matt Thompson is an editorial product manager at National Public Radio, where he's helping to coordinate the development of 12 topic-focused local news sites in conjunction with NPR member stations.
Before moving to DC, Thompson served as the interim online community manager for the Knight Foundation. In May 2009, he completed a Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He came to RJI from his position as deputy Web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he led the creation of the Edgie-award-winning, socially networked arts-and-entertainment website vita.mn.
He worked at The Poynter Institute from 2003-04 as the Naughton fellow for online reporting and writing. While at Poynter, Thompson and his colleague Robin Sloan produced the Flash movie “EPIC 2014,” a picture of the media past, set 10 years in the future, which was written up in the New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, the Guardian, on MSNBC and elsewhere. In 2010, Thompson completes a four-year term on Poynter's national advisory board.
He graduated with honors in English from Harvard College in 2002, after writing his senior thesis on the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Outside of work, he blogs at Snarkmarket.com.