Salutations to everyone! My name is Marcus Thompson and I am the new communications and office manager for the Office of the Juvenile Defender.
I hail from the humble little town of Plymouth, North Carolina. Growing up as an avid reader and creative writer and desiring to do something with my talent that could impact others, I decided to pursue a career in print journalism. In 2010, I earned my undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Aggie Pride!). I also had a brief interest in learning entertainment law, but at the advice of my professors I decided not to pursue a law degree since I was not as passionate about practicing the law.
From high school up to now, I have worked with The Sanford Herald, The A&T Register, The Greensboro News & Record, the N.C. governor’s press office, and served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working for the City of Raleigh, in addition to lending my writing and editing skills to smaller nonprofit organizations and online publishers. As professional job opportunities in print media became scarcer, I began to look towards working in communications in the corporate business or nonprofit sectors before joining the Office of the Juvenile Defender as the communications and office manager.
Keeping with my passion to inspire, inform, and entertain others with my own unique view of the world, I also continue in my creative writing endeavors on the side. I have written and created dozens of short comics, poems, and prose stories over the years, and been published several times in various anthologies, both online and in print. I hope to continue developing my journalistic and technical writing abilities along with my creative writing skills as I progress in my communications career.
For anyone calling the office for Kim or Eric it will often be my voice that will grace you first, but for whatever reason you may need to contact OJD, I am here if needed and it is my pleasure to assist!