Pierre Thomas covers the Justice Department for ABC News. He joined the network in November 2000 and reports for "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "Nightline" and other ABC News programs.
Thomas was a key member of ABC's team of correspondents covering the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and he continues to report on all aspects of the aftermath of those attacks. The network's 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 broke news on the early stages of the largest probe in United States history, foretelling the Justice Department's controversial investigative strategy of rounding up large numbers of suspects in order to prevent future attacks. He also broke news on various law enforcement alerts and the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism bill that was ultimately passed by Congress this fall. He was among the first to report the discovery of an anthrax-laden letter sent to Senator Patrick Leahy. Thomas also participated in a "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" broadcast, which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2005.
During his time at ABC News, Thomas has broken news on a number of fronts, including the capture of suspected Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph; the Washington sniper story; the guilty plea of suspected Al Qaeda sleeper cell member, Iyman Farris; and the mysterious disappearance of a Boeing 727 in Angola. Thomas has reported on a broad range of stories related to the terrorist attacks and the anthrax investigation, the issue of military tribunals, the Justice Department's policy on detaining material witnesses, the indictment of Zacarius Moussaoui and more. Earlier in 2001, Thomas reported extensively on the Robert Hanssen FBI scandal and the failure by the FBI to produce files in the Timothy McVeigh/Oklahoma City bombing case.
Thomas, a former Washington Post reporter, who took the lead on such significant stories as the Oklahoma City bombing and the FBI's role at Ruby Ridge, joined CNN as Justice Department correspondent in 1997. He broke news on many fronts, including terrorism, cyber-crime, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the FBI's Most Wanted list and the Justice Department's involvement in the Elian Gonzalez case.
In 1994 Thomas received the Pass Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for his article "Beyond Grief and Fear." In 1991, and again in 1992, he won the Mort Mintz Investigative Award, and he was a finalist in 1993 for the Livingston Young Journalist Award.
Thomas joined The Washington Post in 1987, covering local Virginia politics, as well as the court and police beats in Prince William County and the city of Alexandria. In 1991 he joined the Metro projects staff and was part of a team whose work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on illegal gun use in the Washington, DC, region.
Thomas started his career at The Roanoke Times and World-News. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.