Mark Thompson (reporter)

Mark Thompson (Reporter)

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Mark Thompson (born c. 1953) is an investigative reporter whose five-part series for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which ran in March 1984, on a design flaw in Bell helicopters that went uncorrected for a decade, killing 250 U.S. servicemen, led to 600 Huey helicopters being grounded and modified, and won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in journalism in 1985.

Thompson graduated from Boston University in 1975 and began his career where he grew up, at the Pendulum, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. After a spell in Pontiac, Michigan, he moved to Washington in 1979, where he joined the Washington bureau of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and in 1985, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in journalism. He joined Knight-Ridder Newspapers in 1986, where he reported extensively on the Persian Gulf War and the U.S. invasion of Panama. In 1994, he joined TIME magazine as defense correspondent, where he has written or co-written cover stories on the Army's use of prescription drugs on soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marines' V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, the Army at the breaking point, the wisdom of restarting the military draft, and profiles of then-United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and then-General Tommy Franks.

Thompson also reported extensively from Afghanistan and Iraq,...
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