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Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson
CNBC Reporter

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.

Follow Mary Thompson on Twitter @MThompsonCNBC.


  • Big bucks on July 4th food

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on the expectations for 4th of July-related food spending this weekend, and the "Fast Money" traders weigh in.

  • Big bucks on July 4th food

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports Fourth of July spending is on the upswing with the average household spending $370 on the holiday.

  • FSOC: Distress at GE no longer poses threat

    The Financial Stability Oversight Council removed GE Capital's designation as "systemically important." CNBC's Mary Thompson reports the finance arm of the firm is no longer subject to oversight by the Fed.

  • 'SIFI' designation removed from GE Capital

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports the FSOC says distress at GE Capital no longer poses a threat.

  • Trader screen

    The firm is doing away with first-round on-campus interviews and leveraging technology to help it screen potential hires.

  • Cashing in on the canal

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports from Panama on the new lane opening on the Panama Canal for even larger container ships to pass through.

  • Panama Canal opens wider lane

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on the new lane at the Panama Canal, which is re-configuring global trade which is expected to pay off for railroads.

  • $5.25B Canal overhaul

    CNBC’s Mary Thompson reports from the Panama Canal and explains how a their new lane could cut shipping costs from Asia by 30 percent.

  • New era for Panama Canal

    CNBC's Mary Thompson takes a look at improvements made to the Panama Canal in a project that took nine years to build in order to accommodate mega-ships.

  • Monsanto seeks workers

    As the population is expected to grow, Monsanto is looking to increase efficiency and harvest. CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on the company's recruiting for new skills.