Mary Thompson joined CNBC in 2000 as a general assignment reporter. She has covered a wide range of stories for CNBC, including the 2008 financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina from along the Gulf Coast and the mutual fund industry's market-timing scandal in 2003.
Thompson has reported extensively on the banking and insurance industries, executive pay and the stock market from the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ MarketSite. She also appears on NBC's "Today" and "Weekend Nightly News."
In 2010, Thompson received a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for breaking news coverage of the Bernard Madoff scandal. In 2005, she received a National Headliner Award for her reporting on price fixing in the insurance industry.
Prior to joining CNBC, Thompson worked for Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio, from 1992 to 2000, covering the stock market from the New York Stock Exchange and anchoring special coverage of Federal Reserve meetings. She also worked as a print reporter for Bloomberg, from 1991 to 1992, covering small banks and retailers.
Before joining Bloomberg, Thompson worked at Fidelity Investments in a variety of sales positions.
Thompson holds a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.
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Their advances may not always be welcomed by targeted companies, but activist investors share the same goal with management of generating value for shareholders. The differences between the two sides tend to lie in what strategy is used to achieve that goal. Sometimes those differences are ironed out behind closed doors, other times via proxy fights at shareholder meetings, but the clout of an activist investor is something corporate America can no longer afford to ignore.
A lot rests on the Revel, a 47 story property with a mirrored facade reflecting the sand, sea and sky right at its doorstep. New Jersey lawmakers are hoping the 20 acre resort casino will attract the new clients and added gambling revenue Atlantic City so desperately needs.