Diane Thompson has been a storyteller her whole life, beginning as a 10-year old child publishing a neighborhood newspaper to her current position as anchor of the weekday afternoon news for KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. She also hosts and produces the popular KNX Heroes feature.
Ms. Thompson brings 35 years or experience as a professional broadcaster to KNX, joining the staff in 1985 following news director duties at KHJ-AM in Los Angeles and anchor/reporter duties at KBBC-FM and KJJJ-AM in Phoenix, Arizona. While earning her journalism degree at the University of Texas-Austin, Ms. Thompson handled the duties of weekend news producer for KVUE-TV in Austin and state Capitol stringer for KTRH radio in Houston.
Ms. Thompson has been honored for her reporting, writing, and anchoring skills with 21 Golden Mikes from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California. In 2009, she won the award for ‘Best Radio Entertainment Reporting’ (A Night At the Oscars) while the KNX Hero feature earned her Golden Mikes for ‘Best Radio Feature News Series Reporting’ in both 2006 and 2008. An hour-long live special following the devastating 2007 wildfires (Heroes Out of the Ashes) was honored with an AP Mark Twain award for ‘Best Special Program’. She’s also been honored over the years with numerous awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, Valley Press Club, Radio Festival of New York, The California Bar Association, UPI, and the California State Fair.
In 2001, Ms. Thompson received the prestigious Bill Stout Memorial Award for ‘Outstanding Spot News’ for her coverage of the near-fatal KABC-TV news van explosion. The award is given by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association.
Ms. Thompson’s news journey has taken her to 26 Academy Awards ceremonies, 14 Rose Parades, the 1984 Summer Olympics, opening ceremonies at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and Pope John Paul’s visit to Southern California. Along the way, she has covered countless major news stories firsthand, including the Los Angeles riots, the North Hollywood bank shootout, the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, the Cerritos mid-air plane crash, the First Interstate Bank high-rise fire, the Simpson/Goldman murders and the Quartz Hill kidnapping case.
Ms. Thompson enjoys singing in her church choir and hiking, snow skiing and biking with her husband and two sons.
Follow Ms. Thompson on Twitter: @KNXDiane
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