Pierre Thomas Biography, Age, CNN, ABC, Net Worth and Awards

Pierre Thomas born on 23 November 1954, in Lausanne, Switzerland is senior justice correspondent at ABC News.

Pierre Thomas Biography

Pierre Thomas born on 23 November 1954, in Lausanne, Switzerland is senior justice correspondent at ABC News. Thomas graduated in 1984, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University .

Pierre Thomas Age

Born on 23rd November 1954, Pierre is 63 years old as of 2018.

Pierre Thomas  CNN

Thomas began his career at The Roanoke Times and World-News before moving to The Washington Post in 1987, then to CNN in 1997, where he served as justice correspondent.

Pierre Thomas ABC

In November 2000, he joined the network and reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and other ABC News programs.

Thomas was a key member in the September 11, ABC’s team of correspondents covering the terrorist attacks and he continues to report on all aspects of the aftermath of those attacks. The coverage of the 9-11 tragedy was widely recognized for its excellence, winning the prestigious Peabody and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and an Emmy Award.

Thomas also participated in a “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” broadcast in 2005, which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast . In 2012, he was a key part of the ABC News team honored with three additional Murrow Awards for the network’s coverage of the tragic Tucson shooting and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, in 2014 for ABC’s coverage that included the Boston marathon terrorist attacks, and he was a main contributor when ABC News received 2016 Murrow awards for Overall Excellence and Breaking News.

Pierre Thomas Photo
Pierre Thomas Photo

Pierre Thomas Net Worth

Details  of his net worth have not been disclosed yet.

Pierre Thomas  Awards

Thomas and the ABC News team won Emmy, Peabody and DuPont awards in 2001, for their coverage of the events of September 11, 2001. He and the ABC News team won an Emmy again for their coverage of the inauguration of President Obama.

The National Association of Black Journalists in 2012, named Thomas “Journalist of the Year,” particularly citing his accomplishments in accurately reporting the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (while other networks erroneously reported she had died) as well as breaking stories around the death of Osama bin Laden.

Pierre Thomas Glasses

To Purchase  Pierre eye ware and more information on the glasses please click here.

Pierre Thomas Named Journalist of the year

Pierre Thomas Interview

Source: c-span.org

BRIAN LAMB: Pierre Thomas of ABC News can you remember the first time you ever thought about the news business?
PIERRE THOMAS: Actually, I do. I was, you know, probably about 12 years old, and I was watching the “Evening News.”
And back where I grew up, Lynchburg, Virginia, it was the ABC affiliate that we watched, in particular. And I used to watch the “World News Tonight” with Peter Jennings and Max Robinson.
It was – it was, you know, part of my daily ritual was to watch the news. And I said, you know, that’s interesting. I might want to do that one day.
LAMB: So what were you then? Seventh grade then?
THOMAS: Yup, around that, around that age. And, you know, it was funny. We would always typically watch the “Evening News.” It came on at 6:30 and was just after we would be finishing dinner.
LAMB: What were the circumstances at home? What did your parents do and how many kids were there in the family?
THOMAS: I’m one of five, a two-parent household, mom and dad – my dad was – worked a place called the Lynchburg Foundry and very hard-working man, worked sort of pouring steel.
My mom was, you know, homemaker, and, you know, typical, you know, southern Virginia family, you know, lots of noise in the house, you know.
I was the youngest of my siblings and, you know, I think about that often, just great summers, lots of play. And my parents encouraged me to, you know, really pursue education.
LAMB: If we saw you in the middle of your high school experience, what would we have seen Pierre Thomas doing?
THOMAS: I had a reputation for sort of being a bookish kid. I did play basketball my senior year of high school. Wasn’t very good. Rode the bench mostly.
But, you know, I loved learning, was salutatorian of my high school and – before I went on to Virginia Tech.
LAMB: Why did you pick Virginia Tech?
THOMAS: You know, it’s interesting, Brian. I had an opportunity to go to some other schools. I think I had a – had some interest from Yale.
But it was primarily finances that Virginia Tech was offering some grants and some scholarship money, and it worked out that that would be the perfect place to go, and have no regrets going there.
Great institution.
LAMB: At what time during your Virginia Tech experience did it become focused that you were going to do news? And where? What did you want to do initially?
THOMAS: Well, you know, when I first got there, I was thinking about, you know, business and computer science. And it was interesting.
I was doing pretty well in it, but sort of bored by it. It didn’t feel like what I should be doing.
And my sophomore year, I really did some soul-searching. And one day I called my mother up and said, “Mom, I think I want to be a journalist,” and she said, “Journalist? How much do they make?”
It was pretty funny, because I was first-generation four-year college student in my family. And the whole point of college to them was, like, you go, higher education, get a good job.
I remember telling my mother, “Well, you know, if I’m good at it, I’ll do OK.”
And she said, “Well, son,” you know, “it’s up to you. Just try to be good at it.” And so I switched to communication and journalism my sophomore year.
LAMB: We’re going to come back to some of the details on the early life. But I want to jump in to one of the videos from ABC.
This is October 8th, 2009. It’s about gang violence. Let’s watch it, and then we’ll come back and have you explain what you’re doing.
THOMAS: OK.(VIDEO BEGINS)
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: The Congo has an estimated 100,000 gang members. And law enforcement faces an enormous task.
Our justice correspondent, Pierre Thomas, was granted extraordinary access inside the battle.
It’s 5:00 a.m. in a secret location in Chicago. Heavily armed, the U.S. Marshals and local police lock in on a target.
He is a gang member. He’s a UVL, an Unknown Vice Lord. Pretty much everything they do is through fear and violence.
Police. Come to the door.
The suspect’s not home, but minutes later, he unwittingly walks into the dragnet.
What you need?
My name?
Yes.
My name Antoine (ph).
Got him.
Some suspects are defiant, like this member of the Black P. Stone gang.
But you’re Black P. Stone though, aren’t you?
Yeah, all the time.
THOMAS: It’s been a busy morning. Five suspects arrested in four hours, all wanted on drug charges, all suspected gang members.
Across town, the FBI is working with Chicago authorities to dismantle gang leadership.
In this undercover surveillance video, a female gang member sells drugs in broad daylight.
That is her four-year-old daughter holding the drugs. She was a member of the New Breed gang that controlled this one-block area that included eight buildings.
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: This gang was making approximately $80,000 per day in drug sales.
Eighteen month period, there were nine homicides and a like amount of aggravated battery, shootings that were reported.
THOMAS: Only after authorities took out the gang leadership and arrested 56 gang members from the housing complex was there any real peace.
But it’s a battle for police to keep pace. That was clear when we went to Cook County Jail, the largest in the nation.
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: We’ve got approximately 9,000 male inmates here. And a good 90 percent of them, probably closer to 95 percent, are gang members.
This is a gang. It’s the Latin Saints.
THOMAS: But authorities are the first to admit they cannot arrest their way out of this problem.
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: It’s not clear that we can really break up the gangs. It might be the case that the most we can hope to do is reduce the degree to which gangs engage in violence.
THOMAS: Do you remember why you joined?
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: Because I like the lifestyle that they was living money, girls, the cars, you know, they had it all. I ain’t see no wrong selling drugs.
THOMAS: Have you been shot at?
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: Yes.
THOMAS: Have you shot at people?
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: Yes. It was either me or him. So really kill or be killed. I’ll be thinkin’ when my time coming because it’s coming.
THOMAS: So you don’t expect to live to be an old man.
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: No.
THOMAS: The cycle of violence will be hard to stop.
Pierre Thomas, ABC News, Chicago.(VIDEO ENDS)
LAMB: Where did you get the idea to do that show?
THOMAS: You know, I had been talking to law enforcement officials. And they had been telling me about the gang problem getting worse.
And they said it was one of those little untold stories that the country has yet to sort of come to grips with, that there’s so many gang members, the fact that there are hundreds of, you know, tens of thousands of gang members, and that they really dictate life in some communities.
And, you know, working with, you know, Jon Banner and Charlie Gibson, the tradition carried on by Diane Sawyer, I remember her e-mailing me after that particular piece, saying that she thought it was powerful.
You’re given the license to go out and do these stories and spend some time to try to bring it home. And I – and I – that story touched me in a way, because that gang member, he was so direct. He was so honest.
I said, “Have you been shot at?” “Yes.” “Have you shot at people?” Matter-of-factly, he says yes.
And I thought that brought home to people, imagine living in a neighborhood where that guy is walking around.
And it tells you that while the country is dealing with the economic issues that it’s dealing with, there’s a whole ‘nother side that some communities are dealing with.
LAMB: Tell us as much as you can about the mechanics of doing a piece like that. Where do you sit every day on a normal day, week’s basis at ABC?
THOMAS: I have an office. We are just, oh, you know, a few blocks from the White House. And, you know, what I try to do is talk to sources on the phone and visit people.
And that particular story we got just by talking to, you know, law enforcement officials.
And I had done a previous story with the U.S. Marshals on how they’ve been able to drive down crime in certain communities by focusing on the – what they call the worst of the worst, you know, repeat offenders.
And we decided that we wanted to do something on gangs, because, again, I’d been hearing more and more about that. So we called the Marshals and said, do you target gangs in Chicago?
And they said, well, when you say worst of the worst, they are our first category of people that we’re often dealing with. And they said, well, you can come out, be a fly on the wall, and just do what we do.
We’ll do what we do on a typical day. And that was a typical day, you know, I think on a Wednesday, midweek, in Chicago.
LAMB: How much of your personality and relationship with the Marshals’ office had to do with them saying, come on out, we trust you, Pierre?
THOMAS: Well, you know, trust is a huge – that’s a great word – that’s a huge part of what I do, because you have to first convince law enforcement to open themselves up to allow you to be a part of their world.
And the only way you can develop that trust is through the – your track record of stories.
I mean, I’ll tell people all the time, go look at the clips, go look at stories I’ve written. Get a sense of how I work.
If you want to call my bosses, ask questions, you know, you know, I think that’s part of, you know, getting the trust of people to allow them to let you in, if you will.
LAMB: And then when you get out there, what kind of restrictions do they put on you?
THOMAS: None, really. I mean, I…
LAMB: You had a – you had a bulletproof vest on, didn’t you?
THOMAS: Yes. And that was in part because they tell you, look, this, you know, you’re going to see what we normally do. And when we kick down that door, we don’t know what is going to happen often.
So you need to be prepared, just in case, you know, bullets start flying or there’s a fight or whatever. And I’ve been able to see those kind of things happen from time to time.
One particular shoot with the Marshals, we were involved in a high-speed chase. The suspect ran, ended up, you know, crashing his car.
You know, every now and then, they do have to fight suspects and you’re – and you’re there and you’re trying to portray reality as it is.
LAMB: How many people were with you from ABC?
THOMAS: That particular day, we had, I think, a two-person crew.
My producer for that particular piece was a producer named Jack Date (ph). He had a camera as well. He was shooting as well, so we had basically a three-man band.
LAMB: And does everybody have a vest on?
THOMAS: Yes.
LAMB: What kind of liability does the network have? I mean, how much fear is there that in case you happen to get hit, they got a problem on their hands?
THOMAS: You know, I think that’s sort of in the back of people’s minds. But, you know, to be honest with you, we have people in much more dangerous places, like Afghanistan, doing stories.
So, you know, while there is some risk, it’s not a huge risk, because the law enforcement people, they’re pretty clear about, you know, keeping you sort of out of harm’s way.
You’re there to record what’s happening. But they do position themselves between you and what’s happening.
LAMB: How much total time did you spend on that story?
THOMAS: That was – in terms of setup, it was a two-day setup. We spent – what we tried to do was 24 hours, sort of a life cycle, work cycle, with that particular team.
And that was all shot in one day, one night, and then produced and put on the air the next day.
LAMB: And one thing that the fellow – he had – he had his face blocked out – said, that he was after cars, money and girls.
Is there any difference between what he wants and what some of the members of Congress have wanted here? We just saw this week, its cars, money and girls.
THOMAS: You know, on some level, bad behavior is bad behavior, isn’t it, whether it’s on Wall Street or whether it’s on, you know, on the street corner.
It’s basically people being selfish, wanting what they want.
LAMB: What were the arrangements with the fellow that you talked to, the gang member, that was blocked out, we couldn’t see his face?
THOMAS: Well, when we went to the – to the jail, again, that was sort of developed once we got to jail. We didn’t really know what kind of access we would get when we got to the jail.
But when we got there, we saw, I think, what he said were – 98 percent of the inmates were gang members. And I asked the supervisor, I said, well, is there any way we could talk to somebody?
And he said, OK. We’ll ask. And I said, you know, what are the conditions?
And he said, well, we’ll probably want to protect the guy’s identity, face, voice, because talking to the media or anyone else can get you killed.
So, you know, we were able to work that out with the inmate, make him feel comfortable that he could, you know, be honest. And I think he was.
LAMB: Have you done other stories like this? And if so, where?
THOMAS: Let’s see, I did for “Nightline,” we went to – we were doing a story about the gang MS-13. And that gang has its origins in Central America.
So we actually went down, spent several days in Central America, looking at the origins of the gang. And we did some interviews like that down there as well.
And, again, part of it is you want the subject to feel comfortable. And you’re sort of acknowledging the conditions and the environment that people live in.
And sometimes, again, for those people, in their world, talking to the media or anyone else can be dangerous.
LAMB: Let’s back off of where you are now at ABC. How long have you been there?
THOMAS: I celebrated my 10th anniversary last November.
LAMB: Before that, where were you?
THOMAS: CNN.
LAMB: How long?
THOMAS: Three years. And then before that, I was at The Washington Post for 10 years.
LAMB: And before that?
THOMAS: My first job was with The Roanoke Times and World-News.
LAMB: And when did you get interested in actually writing?
THOMAS: In college, I took this course, Professor Yera (ph) at Virginia Tech. And, you know, for some reason he took some interest in me.
And he said, you know, you might want to consider, you know, journalism. And he helped me get the job, once I graduated, with The Roanoke Times and World-News.
I was there for two and a half years and, you know, covered a couple town halls, covered a city, covered a couple universities, covered crime, covered everything.
And one day one of my colleagues – his name is Greg Frill (ph) – I’m not sure where he is now, but he said, you know, you might want to think about, you know, going to a bigger paper and maybe The Post or New York Times.
And I said, “Me?” I mean, I said, “I’m a whippersnapper.” And so one day I got the gumption to send Ben Bradlee some of my clips.
LAMB: Who ran The Post.
THOMAS: Who ran The Post, and in less than a week, I got a letter and I was – part of me said, oh, it’s probably a “Dear John” letter saying thanks, but no thanks.
And, but I opened it up, and he said, “You know, you’ve got some pretty decent stuff there. Send me some more clips and call this guy named Tom Wilkinson,” who was one of his deputy managing editors.
And, of course, I called Tom, and he said, you know, “Pierre Thomas? Who’s Pierre Thomas?” He said, “We don’t typically hire people from The Roanoke Times and World-News.”
And I said, “Well, Mr. Bradlee said to call you,” and so he said, “Well, send me some more clips,” and I eventually got some interviews and then they hired me.
LAMB: Did you ever ask Ben Bradlee why he was attracted to your writing?
THOMAS: I did indeed.
LAMB: What did he tell you?
THOMAS: I tried to, every now and then, you know, have, you know, lunch with him and just catch up.
And he said that it was clear that I had a hunger and that I was doing a lot of different kinds of story, and that, basically, I would work my A-double-S off.
LAMB: Go back to that teacher that taught you about writing. What was one thing that he taught you that you still remember?
THOMAS: I think the greatest thing from him is that he exuded integrity. And I think, you know, I try to do that, be that in my work.
And he was just a gentleman and he taught me that you can be aggressive and pursue stories. And, you know, it’s interesting, that theme I’ve seen throughout my career.
When I got to The Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, you know, tough but thoughtful; Len Downie, who was then the managing editor, you know, again, in that same vein.
And to be able, at 24, to walk around a newsroom and see Bob Woodward and ask him questions, and David Broder, and people like that, and ask them questions, you know, Michael Wilbon, just a terrific sportswriter who was there at the time, again, all these resources.
And Bob Woodward, again, you know, I noticed how dogged he was, but thoughtful. And, you know, those two are not mutually exclusive.
LAMB: This is from December the 31st, 2010, and if you listen closely to the numbers, they’re hard to believe when it comes to the number of cell phones that are in jails.(VIDEO BEGINS)
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: In our GMA investigation this morning, Pierre Thomas heads to prisons to find out what happens when using a cell phone turns deadly.
THOMAS: These are cell phones taken from inmates in the South Carolina State Prison by Captain Robert Johnson and his contraband squad.
ROBERT JOHNSON: We would go in and search the inmates, search their living areas, search their work areas.
THOMAS: Captain Johnson’s searches turned up cell phones hidden in every object imaginable. He’s even seen phones shot over the fence with homemade bazookas and thrown over inside footballs.
Captain Johnson did such a good job it almost got him killed.
JOHNSON: Inmate that had a cell phone called an ex-inmate and set up a hit on myself.
THOMAS: The hit man came to murder Johnson on a cold March morning.
JOHNSON: He kicked the door in, yelled, “Police.” He shot me six times up in the chest. I guess the Lord just said this guy is just too ornery to die. I’m going to let him live.
THOMAS: Johnson’s shooting is just the latest outrage in a string of crimes traced to inmates with cell phones.
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: Baltimore County, 9-1-1.
Our stepdad just got shot.
THOMAS: Carl Lackl (sp) was shot and killed outside of him home just a week before he was scheduled to testify against accused murderer, Patrick Byers. Byers ordered the hit from jail on his cell phone.
Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson was even caught with a cell phone in California. This year so far, more than 9,600 cell phones have been confiscated in California prisons.
The inmates have become so creative in sneaking cell phones into prison officials across the country are turning to technology to deal with the flood of phones.
This managed access technology acts like a cell tower for the prison. If calls come from cell phones not on the prison’s approved list, the calls will be blocked.
UNIDENTIFIED PARTICIPANT: The cellular device you are using has been identified as contraband.
THOMAS: In Mississippi, just this August, the system has intercepted more than 600,000 calls and text messages from inmates, in those cases, blocking calls, potentially saving lives.
For “Good Morning, America,” Pierre Thomas, ABC News, Washington.(VIDEO ENDS)
LAMB: Where did you get this idea?
THOMAS: You know, there was a wire story that ran about the gentleman, the prison guard’s sort of account.
LAMB: Associated Press wire?
THOMAS: I think it was. And it just sort of struck me that there must be a interesting story behind what happened, just the human side of it.
And then when you start digging around in this story, and you see that this is not just a problem in that particular state, but it’s a problem that prisons across the country are seeing, you say, OK.
This is a story that we can expand out and, you know, end up saying something about the prison system.
Because when you see all those phones dumped out like that, you go, my goodness, how are they getting these phones?
And the fact that they’re using them to commit crimes within jail – again, you know, part of, I think, the beauty of our job is finding stuff that people find interesting and that, I think if you’re sitting home, you know – I want to do stories that people will talk about around the kitchen table, like, did you see that? Hmm. That’s interesting.
LAMB: So how does the process work? You get this idea, you read the wire service. Where do you go next before you can make your move to interview somebody?
THOMAS: Well, typically, I will have a conversation with my producer. And then we’ll – so he’ll say, OK, how can we find this person, because, you know, it’s about story telling.
You know, one of our new leaders at ABC, Ben Sherwood, who’s a new president of the news division, he’s really focused on storytelling. And that’s the way, again, you draw people in.
And so when we’re trying to develop these stories, we’re looking for a way to make them as real as possible.
One of the differences between television and print, you know, the writing’s pretty much the same, you know, with some tweaks and differences in terms of how you tell the story.
But I think the biggest thing about television is, other than taste it and smell it, you can – you can bring that story right to the people.
And so we look for ways that we can tell stories that, you know, don’t seem bureaucratic, that, you know, are sort of real to people, that people can identify with.
LAMB: A little bit ago – I don’t know how many months – the ABC announced they were going to drop 25 percent of their news staff.
THOMAS: Yes.
LAMB: How has that been felt by you?
THOMAS: Well, you feel it in terms of colleagues that you grew to know and love when they’re gone and the experience that left with them.
But, you know, as in all industry, you carry on and the people that remain are great and they work hard and you do the best you can do.
You know, I say that, in terms of stories like that, you’re only as good as the leadership that you have.
And one thing I can say in terms of, you know, bragging about the place I work is that, you know, from David Westin, who left, to Ben Sherwood and all the executive producers, for the various shows, and our digital platform and our radio, all these people are interested in, you know, breaking news, doing stories that matter to people.
Where – I think one of the greatest challenges for journalism right now is to remain relevant, to do stories that hit home, where people actually live in terms of, you know, how they’re going about, you know, trying to get through life.
LAMB: This week, though, would be an example of a tremendous difference in the way two news organizations – not yours – approached a story of Anthony Weiner.
NBC led with it the night he announced that he was wrong.
CBS, first night of Scott Pelley as the anchor, didn’t get to it for the first 10 minutes, purposely put it obvious – obviously purposely put it off for at least three stories.
If you’d have been the boss, what would you have done?
THOMAS: You know, boy, you know, this business is so subjective. You know, I think it’s clearly a story you have to do. This is a member of Congress behaving badly.
When people hear about that, they want to know more. So I think you have to do the story.
It is just a matter, I think, of looking at the mix of the day and what I would tend to do, again, if I were in that position, is to look at the stories and say, OK. What affects the most people?
You know, what story affects the most people? And then what’s the most interesting? And then try to find the right balance between the two.
LAMB: I do want to ask you about ABC, because Chris Cuomo? Is that his first name, Chris? Did a piece on the – had an exclusive piece on the – one of the women that was involved.
And I want to run just a clip here to show you and ask you, what’s the – what are the rules at ABC on this kind of stuff?(VIDEO OF CUOMO PIECE ON ANTHONY WEINER)
In that piece, as you probably heard, there was a mention that ABC had paid money for a licensing fee for the photos. And this issue comes up all the time, paying for interviews.
What are the rules now, because if you didn’t pay attention, you wouldn’t even have known why Chris Cuomo was mentioning that.
THOMAS: Well, again, I don’t know the particulars of what happened here. I know we don’t pay for interviews. I think what that referred to was photographs, in terms of, you know, using the photographs.
And I guess some of the people that you interview say, in order for me to allow you to use these photographs, I expect a fee. But I know the interviews are not paid for.
LAMB: But isn’t that just a – I’ll use the word – kind of a phony front, that you’re really paying for that interview?
THOMAS: You know, boy, that’s an interesting question. I don’t think so, in the sense that, you know, what you’re saying, what the interview is that, you know, we want to interview you.
And we’re going to ask you whatever we think we should ask you.
And if that is not controlled by anything other than ABC News pressing and asking the question that we want to ask you, I think you can do the interview.
And, again, you want the elements to be able to show what you’re talking about. So occasionally you may have to pay the money to get those elements, to see, well, what exactly are we talking about?
What did he send to her? What did he show to her? And, again, you – I suppose you could do the interview without the pictures.
But you also have to think about the viewer at home. They’re going to want to see those pictures.
LAMB:  But she may not have allowed the interview if you hadn’t paid for the licensing of them.
THOMAS:  Again, I don’t know what the specifics are. But I can tell you that, you know, if she had not provided the pictures, I think they still would have done that interview.
LAMB:  Maybe she wouldn’t have, though. Maybe she’d have shopped it around to NBC or CBS.
THOMAS: Well, I think, at that point, that’s when the leadership would say, OK. Shop it, you know. But we have to be able to interview you and without any restrictions.
And, again, we want the elements, you know, we want the elements. And I think that you’ll see pretty much all the news divisions say that, OK.
In order to get these elements, how else can we get them, short of, you know, you know, we can’t subpoena them, obviously. Sometimes, I guess, you would have to pay the money to get the – get the pictures.
LAMB: So, again, as a reporter and you have – how many people work on your team at all times?
THOMAS: Let’s see, we have two producers and one (INAUDIBLE).
LAMB: And they’re all working for you all the time?
THOMAS: We work together all the time, yes.
LAMB: So who gives you permission to move ahead and spend money on one of these pieces?
THOMAS: We have leadership, the various shows, and, again, the news division leadership management will, you know, we will pitch– what we call a pitch. We’ll have developed the story.
We’ll say this is what we can do, can we go do it? And pretty much after they bless it, we go out and do it.
LAMB: Do you pitch each show, like “Good Morning, America,” or “Nightline,” or the evening news shows independent of one another?
THOMAS: Yes, we do that. Sometimes I pitch some simultaneously.
Sometimes it will be – if it’s breaking news, it’s something that I will put out to the entire news division, and say this is something we should focus on, and then we go from there.
LAMB: Say your cell phone story, how many places ran that?
THOMAS: I think that was exclusive to GMA.
LAMB: And then…
THOMAS: And dotcom, we had a dotcom version. And I think I did some radio on it (INAUDIBLE).
LAMB: I know we’re in the weeds on this, but did the – does GMA then have to pay for it under their budget? Is that the way that works?
THOMAS: Pretty much, yeah..
LAMB: Yes. Let’s go to July of 2009, and this is a piece you did on tax or, I mean, on lax security in federal buildings.(VIDEO BEGINS)
THOMAS: In this exclusive video, watch closely as a congressional investigator walks live bomb components right by security in a federal building, compromised in 27 seconds.