A.C. Thompson

Investigative Reporter, Producer & Film Correspondent

A.C. Thompson is a senior reporter with ProPublica and a correspondent for FRONTLINE. His work has helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison, the prosecution of seven New Orleans police officers, and a Congressional investigation of the U.S. Border Patrol. His life was fictionalized on the HBO show “Treme.”

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Plot to Overturn the Election
FRONTLINE and ProPublica trace the hidden sources of misinformation about the 2020 presidential election and demonstrate how a handful of people have had an outsized impact on the current crisis of democratic legitimacy in the U.S.
March 29, 2022
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American Insurrection Update 2022
American Insurrection
Investigating the threat of far-right violence in America a year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
January 4, 2022
The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.
ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces. Experts worry that the extremists are using their military experience to train others for a second Civil War.
February 1, 2021
Members of Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified at Capitol Riot
A ProPublica-FRONTLINE review of the insurrection found several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who also participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
January 9, 2021
Federal Judge Dismisses Charges Against 3 White Supremacists
The three, members of the Rise Above Movement, had been charged under a federal anti-riot statute with planning and then carrying out assaults at rallies in California in 2017. The judge said the federal statute used to prosecute them was unconstitutional.
June 4, 2019
Once Defiant, All Four White Supremacists Charged in Charlottesville Violence Plead Guilty
Guilty pleas last week by two prominent members of the Rise Above Movement came after pledges to fight federal charges and claims that those jailed were political prisoners punished for their controversial views.
May 6, 2019
Member of White Supremacist Group Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Protesters at 2017 Rally
Tyler Laube is one of the eight members or associates of the Rise Above Movement who were arrested on federal riot charges.
November 21, 2018
An Atomwaffen Member Sketched a Map to Take the Neo-Nazis Down. What Path Officials Took Is a Mystery.
Some experts and former officials see the case as part of a larger pattern, evidence that federal agencies are understaffed and out of position in confronting the threat of white supremacist terrorism — even as the FBI’s latest report shows a spike in hate crimes for the third straight year.
November 20, 2018
Brothers Whom Authorities Linked to Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Had Flyer Supporting Neo-Nazi Group, Officials Say
Prosecutors indicated that the contents of the Washington, D.C., house they searched bolstered their fear that Jeffrey and Edward Clark might well have been bent on violence.
November 16, 2018
Brothers Who Were Online Friends With Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Had Ties to Violent Neo-Nazis
The authorities said they arrested a Washington, D.C., man who had hailed the Pittsburgh suspect and might have known more about the attack. The man and his brother had talked of wanting to kill Jews and blacks, prosecutors said.
November 14, 2018
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Documenting Hate: New American Nazis
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military.
November 20, 2018
4 Members of Violent White Supremacist Group Face Riot Charges, Federal Authorities Say
The charges against members of the Rise Above Movement come weeks after four other members or associates of the group were indicted on riot charges in Virginia.
October 24, 2018