Jeffrey Thompson

Jeffrey Thompson

Photography / Multimedia
Minnesota Public Radio
jthompson@mpr.org

Jeffrey Thompson is a multimedia producer at MPR News. He has been with Minnesota Public Radio since July 2009. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, earned a master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has worked as a staff photographer for various newspapers across the Midwest including the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Jeffrey has also taught photojournalism at the University of St. Thomas as adjunct faculty. Jeffrey's work has been recognized by several organizations including Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism and the Society of Professional Journalists. When Jeffrey isn't documenting Minnesota, he is spending time exploring the outdoors with his wife and two children.

Jeffrey Thompson Feature Archive

Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson spent the day at the Minnesota State Fair and captured the sights and sounds in six-second Vine videos. There were smells, too, but you'll have to take his word on that one. (08/26/2014)
Wrestling in mashed potatoes
Since it began in 1938, Potato Days in Barnesville, Minn., is the annual celebration of the spud. The two-day event, held Aug. 22 and 23 this year, attracted thousands of people, and featured more than a dozen potato-centered competitions -- everything from mashed potato wrestling to a strongman contest. (08/24/2014)
Vikings stadium
Construction on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium started last December. Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson checked in on how it's going. (08/22/2014)
The Minnesota State Fair kicked off Thursday morning and marked historic changes, an annual parade of new foods (some on a stick!) and the unofficial start to campaign season. (08/21/2014)
The Hoeschler siblings have been log rolling since shortly after they were able to walk. Will, 23, Abby, 27, and Lizzie, 31, learned the sport from their mother, a seven-time world champion, and refined their craft while practicing in a lagoon along the Mississippi River. (07/17/2014)
Since 1938, people in Pequot Lakes, Minn. have been gathering for the sake of beans. Bean Hole Days got its start when local businessmen held a bean feed to thank farmers for their support of area businesses. Today, thousands flock to Trailside Park to celebrate and dine on beans cooked overnight in cast iron pots covered in a wood-fired pit. (07/10/2014)
With stormy skies overhead, Twin Citians gathered for the annual Juneteenth at North Mississippi Regional Park on Saturday. The event, which featured music, food and a variety of vendors, observes the 1865 proclamation abolishing slavery in Texas. Juneteenth is celebrated across the country, and the Twin Cities community event is one of the largest in the country. (06/15/2014)
Spring arrived in Minnesota at the same time as baseball and the hope of a new season. While Minnesota Twins fans flocked to Target Field for the home opener, photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson tried a new way to capture the mood of the new season. (04/08/2014)
The seven inches of April snow that fell last week in St. Paul, Minn. didn't take long to melt with above average temperatures this weekend. (04/07/2014)
Downtown St. Paul, Minn. received more than six inches of snow during an overnight storm on Friday. Watch eighteen hours compressed into 46 seconds. (04/04/2014)
At the U of M today, a bus was tipped on its side, simulating a light rail train that had derailed after a bomb went off. Law enforcement and university staff were testing their communications systems and emergency response. (03/18/2014)
Revelers celebrated everything Irish in downtown St. Paul Monday during the 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. (03/17/2014)
A live photo stream from downtown St. Paul's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The march begins at noon. (03/17/2014)
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. (02/19/2014)
Before a news conference he held alongside Ramsey County Attorney John Choi on Wednesday morning, St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith sat down with reporters to discuss the progress of the police investigation into alleged clergy sexual abuse. "When I hear over and over again that 'mistakes have been made,' we need to know what those mistakes are," he said. (01/29/2014)