Ginger Thompson is ProPublica’s Chief of Correspondents. A Pulitzer Prize winner, she spent 15 years at The New York Times as the Mexico City bureau chief and as an investigative reporter. Her work has exposed the consequences of Washington’s policies in Latin America, particularly policies involving immigration, political upheaval and the fight against drug cartels. Her work has won the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, an InterAmerican Press Association Award and an Overseas Press Club Award, among other signal honors. She was part of a team of reporters at ProPublica whose coverage of the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance policy won numerous other awards, including a Polk Award, a Peabody Award, a Tobenkin Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Thompson graduated from Purdue University, where she was managing editor of the campus newspaper and earned a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University, with a focus on human rights law. She was raised in El Paso, Texas, and speaks Spanish like a native.
Ginger Thompson initiated the investigative journalism program at Under the Volcano in 2018 and was a featured participant in our all-Zoom Community of the Imagination in 2021. We are delighted to welcome her back to Tepoztlán as a keynote presenter as part of the program’s 20th anniversary season.