You are an award-winning journalist, one who has dedicated her career to the pursuit of truth. For the past two decades, you have served as a national correspondent for NBC News, where your reports appear on NBC Nightly News, Today, and MSNBC. Among the topics you have recently, and most notably, covered are the 2016 Rio Olympics, Pope Francis’ papal tour, the United States-China climate deal, and the BP oil spill. As chief environmental affairs correspondent, you led the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in the Gulf; for this, you and your Nightly News team won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award and an Emmy. You are also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award, which recognizes excellence in journalism, especially in the fields of business, finance, and the economy.
You began your career in 1979 at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana, the television station on the campus of your alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. You treasure the ability to be constantly learning on the job and draw upon your Holy Cross education to tell stories that are compassionate, empathetic, sensitive—and above all, focused on people.
At Notre Dame, you were among the first classes that included women; today, you give back by serving on the university’s board of trustees. You are also a two-time cancer survivor who has admirably made your private health struggles public to raise awareness as well as money for research and to help others living with the disease.
For your pioneering career in journalism, your willingness to live your Catholic faith on the national stage, and your zeal in advancing the fight on cancer, Stonehill College is proud to bestow upon you, Anne Thompson, honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Citation read by Assistant Professor of Communication Wanjiru Mbure.