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.


Two La Crosse area teens awarded full scholarships to Viterbo, BGC Youth of the Year named

‘Catered for Kids’ Sake’ event raises funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Candidate forum set for Sparta School Board Thursday

New field trip program growing La Crosse area students’ knowledge of agriculture

Arcadia trucking company going out of business, eliminating 78 jobs

Two honored for work in community at annual Lenten Lunch

UPDATE: One person injured in La Crosse fire

VARC, Inc. cuts ribbon on new facility in La Crosse

La Crosse student orchestra musicians perform at All City Strings Concert

Governor Evers announces infrastructure grant for new clinic in Elroy

UWL Pre-Physician Assistant Club holds ‘Spike for St. Clare’

Families pack ‘the den’ in West Salem to rally support for state-bound youth hockey teams

Tax expert: Refunds are up 23% from same time last year

Winona woman killed in crash

Registration open for Polar Plunge in La Crosse to benefit Special Olympics

La Crosse Fire Department honors firefighter of the year

The Firefighter of the Year is nominated and selected by their peers.

UWL staff delivers gift baskets to local health care workers

News 8 Now Investigates: La Crosse County loses hundreds of child care providers over 20 years

2022 Coulee Region Mardi Gras Rex and Queen crowned

Holmen High School holds “Amplifying Black Voices” presentation in honor of MLK

West Salem to require masks in the middle and high school again

Top Notch Teacher: Sparta teacher infuses classroom with fun, puts emphasis on being kind

Black River Falls man arrested for 5th OWI

UPDATE: Bomb threat forces evacuation of La Crosse’s Central High School, no threat found

La Crosse Police investigating threat at Central High School

Donations help La Crosse students learn about solar power

Wisconsin National Guard to provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing again in La Crosse Co.

No injuries after house fire on La Crosse’s north side

Severe Storms, possible tornadoes leave behind damage in La Crosse region

Woman taken into custody for OWI after crashing car in Vernon Co.

White Bagging: Eau Claire woman fights health insurance companies to ban practice in the state

Car goes off road into La Crosse marsh area during snow storm

UW regents poised to extend SAT, ACT test exemptions

UW regents to consider out-of-state, grad tuition increase

New details emerge about threat that closed La Crosse Central High School

Student faces charges of terrorist threats, unauthorized use of an individual's identifying information and disorderly conduct

No injuries after house fire in La Crosse

State: 98% occupancy rate in hospital intensive care units

Minnesota budget officials project huge $7.7 billion surplus