Denver television reporter and anchor who has spent the last 15 years in high-profile communications roles in the greater metro area, has been hired as Director of Communications/Public Information Officer for the Colorado Department of Human Services, Executive Director Reggie Bicha announced.
Thompson began his new duties Jan. 25. He replaces Alicia Caldwell, who last month was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Legislative Affairs and Communication for CDHS.
Thompson most recently served 2½ years as Director of Communications and Marketing for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver. He was the lead communicator and a key contributor to the organization’s brand management and strategy.
At CDHS, Thompson will be charged with developing the Department’s overall communications strategy, including proactive media relations, marketing, outreach, and public relations that showcase key departmental initiatives. He will also coordinate and review CDHS responses to media inquiries and emerging issues, while serving as spokesperson, as needed.
Thompson’s previous background includes lead communications roles with Mile High United Way (Director of Media Relations, 2008-13) and the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter (Director of Communications, 2004-08), with wide-ranging responsibilities tied to messaging, promotion, content creation, and strategic planning.
His on-air career at KDVR (Fox 31) began in 2000 and lasted three years, before pivoting his career to the public-relations side of the industry.