Mike Thompson

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Mike joined the News 8 team in 2004 after a 5-year stint at WXOW-TV. While working at the competition, he met his future wife out on a story, News 8 Morning Anchor Jennifer Livingston.

Mike grew up in Pewaukee, just outside of Milwaukee, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Before coming to La Crosse, he was the weekend producer at WKOW-TV in Madison. He also did an internship in the investigative unit at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.

Mike is an award-winning journalist whose reporting has taken him around the world.

In 2014, he traveled to Uganda, Africa to document a local mother helping carry on her son’s dreams of providing clean water after his tragic death. And in 2005, Mike reported from Louisiana on local health care workers helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2008, Mike also had the opportunity to travel on the first-ever Freedom Honor Flight from La Crosse to Washington D.C. to follow a group of local World War Two veterans seeing their memorial for the first time.

Mike has been honored numerous times by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Associated Press and Northwest Broadcast News Association for his reporting.  In 2013, he was the executive producer of an hour-long program called “From Cruelty to Compassion” which looked at ways our community can deal with bullying and be more compassionate.  The program was awarded the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi national award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2015, he and his wife Jennifer were awarded two Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards and the national Edward R. Murrow award for their documentary “Tears to Water.” They accepted the Murrow at a ceremony in New York City.

Mike also likes to stay active in the community. He served on the Red Cross Board of Directors for 7 years and has emceed several other events for the station.


Youngest victim in Waukesha parade rampage laid to rest

Head of GOP-led election probe says mayors could be jailed

DA: Overworked assistant set bail too low for parade suspect

One dead in Trempealeau Co. car crash

West Salem FD holds open house to get teens interested in fire service

Masks to remain optional in Tomah School District

Possible tornado causes damage in northern Trempealeau County

Aquinas Catholic Schools scaling back mask requirements

La Crosse schools ready to help kids navigate back-to-school in times of COVID

Painting with a purpose: Rockland woman overcomes obstacles to create art

With the gentle stroke of a paintbrush and a gaze of concentration, a blank canvas is brought to life.

Ken Gilliam sworn in as Acting Chief of Holmen Area Fire Department

Gilliam now Chief of both La Crosse and Holmen Area Fire Departments

'Kwik Tour:' A behind-the-scenes look at Kwik Trip

Luther rides hot second half to beat Necedah 67-42 in Sectional contest

Alliance to Heal continues mission of tackling the opioid epidemic

'I just felt I might die:' Woman describes falling through ice on Mississippi River trying to rescue dog

Sisterly love gone viral; Holmen natives become internet sensation

Donated Christmas trees used to feed goats at Onalaska farm

A West Salem family's close call and their important message for others

COVID-19 forever changing the local restaurant scene

Bonded by Loss: Two mothers fight for justice for their sons who died of Fentanyl overdoses

Standing Up to Racism: La Crosse teen target of racist incident becoming a voice for others

Authorities investigating horse shootings in Clark Co.

One man in custody after car chase in La Crosse

Target closing Minnesota stores in wake of violent protests

3 positive COVID-19 cases from recent National Guard testing event in Onalaska

Pictures from vigil, protest in La Crosse in honor of George Floyd

Protesters enter Minneapolis police station, set fires

Wisconsin officials mull November absentee voting changes

Onalaska Aquatic Center to remain closed for 2020 season

Cameron Park Farmer's Market back, but with some changes to address COVID-19

Wisconsin bars, supper clubs and restaurants can open immediately, says Tavern League

State Senator Tom Tiffany wins Wisconsin special election to replace Sean Duffy in Congress

5 of 6 gating criteria met as percentage of new positive tests dips to 4%

Volunteers to help clean-up Mississippi River during annual event

Missouri to seek death penalty in Wisconsin brothers' deaths

Man accused in deadly altercation at La Crosse Menards booked in jail on homicide charge

Some changes to Wisconsin's fishing opener

A make-up of the first 26 positive COVID-19 cases in La Crosse County

Local Menards requiring customers to wear masks, Festival Foods requiring employees

Mayo employee recovers from COVID-19, now helping others affected by the virus