Erica Thompson is an assistant editor at Columbus Alive, a weekly arts and community magazine serving central Ohio. She recently received a 2017 Ohio Excellence in Journalism award from the Press Club of Cleveland for her reporting.

Her articles have appeared in Billboard magazine and on She also wrote for Sister 2 Sister magazine before the publication folded in 2014. She has interviewed numerous high-profile celebrities such as Dionne Warwick, Larry Graham, Anthony Hamilton, Chilli, Monica and MC Lyte.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thompson has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University’s acclaimed E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She is finishing her first book, Willing to do the Work: The Spiritual Mission of Prince, which traces the spiritual development of the legendary rock star. She presented her research at “Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince” at the University of Salford, UK, in May 2017.