The Advocate has hired Times-Picayune alumnus Richard Thompson to broaden its coverage of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, further demonstrating that it is committed to reporting on the entire Greater New Orleans area.
According to The Advocate’s announcement, Thompson covered St. John when he joined the Picayune in 2010, and moved into a business reporting role for that paper later the same year.
His business reporting won a 2012 first-place award from the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors.
Thompson gained notoriety on Black Tuesday when he reportedly brought a bottle of Crown Royal to what turned out to be the meeting at which he was fired from the Times-Picayune. It is not known whether he brought one to the meeting at which he was hired by The Advocate.