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.


Tonight at 10: Search for missing Eau Claire woman in our area

Abilities in Harmony: Onalaska graduate creates show choir camp for kids of all abilities

La Crosse man hopes disability doesn't cause him to lose Walmart greeter job

Battle of emotions: Local family welcomes new baby, loses everything

Touching Tribute: Gundersen honors organ donor with 'Walk of Respect'

The Long Journey Home: Rushford sailor killed at Pearl Harbor laid to rest

La Crosse World War Two veteran receives overdue honor

La Crosse man shares experience caring for wife with dementia

Sentencing postponed for La Crosse man convicted of strangulation

Chad Keleman requests new attorney

'Miracle Man:' La Crosse man survives heart attack on waterskis

'Miracle Man:' La Crosse man survives heart attack

Holmen man says officer saved his life with arrest

Holmen man says officer saved his...

Western students honor Hmong businesses in La Crosse area

Family says fire escape plan likely saved 15 lives

Childhood Cancer Awareness: Lane's fight

La Crosse turning Irish for the weekend

Bill could bring sweeping changes to Wisconsin DOT

YWCA holds 'Taste of the Coulee Region' fundraiser

Kids hand out 'kindness' cards at Gundersen Health System

Pen pals meet for only second time in 63 years of friendship

Sunflowers for Haley

Westby family creates moving tribute to daughter killed in crash

Paying the Price for Saving Lives- Part 2

Local EMT opens up about her struggles with PTSD

Paying the Price for Saving Lives- Part 1

Onalaska police officer opens up about struggles with PTSD

Holmen mother remembers daughter after tragic loss

Kristen Johnson was found murdered in her home

Trempealeau man abandoned as an infant reunites with sibling

Dean Hundorf found an unusual connection to his past

La Crosse man 'pays it forward' while waiting for bone marrow transplant

Carl Shedivy found a donor in a place he didn't expect

Westby man receives gift of life from love of his life

Couple advocating for more organ donors

Caledonia H.S., community rallying around student living on her own

Senior Julia Jones lost her father to cancer in January

A Family's Fight: Overcoming incredible hardships

A Galesville family endures the most difficult year of their life

UW-La Crosse Eagle family helps injured soldier

Remembering the Holocaust: inside two concentration camps

Lung Cancer: An unlikely patient

Dying with Dignity: Respecting choices with end of life care

Ground Zero volunteer dealing with health effects following 9/11

Ed Thompson reflects on life while facing death

The Tomah supper club owner is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Special bond with mom helps Holmen student win scholarship

Students Making a Difference: Fighting Hunger