Erica Thompson is a reporter at The Columbus Dispatch, a daily newspaper serving central Ohio. She has been awarded by the Press Club of Cleveland and Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting.

Her articles have appeared on Billboard.com, Mic.com and HuffPost.com. She also wrote for Sister 2 Sister magazine before the publication folded in 2014. She has interviewed numerous celebrities such as Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, Chilli (of TLC), Anthony Hamilton, Dionne Warwick, Chevy Chase, John Cusack and Pat Metheny.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thompson has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University’s acclaimed E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Her essay, “‘Graffiti Bridge:’ Prince’s Sacred Triumph over the Profane,” was published in Theology and Prince (Lexington Books, 2019). 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 the Prince from Minneapolis Symposium at the University of Minnesota in April 2018.