Lori Thomson recently returned to McKinley Research. She has worked on projects related to education, the seafood industry, state regulations, and Alaska Native corporations, including socioeconomic impact analyses and market studies.
Lori worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 19 years in Alaska, Massachusetts, and Taiwan. As a natural resources reporter in Petersburg and Juneau, her writing focused on mining, commercial fishing, and logging. Her coverage included development of the Individual Fishing Quotas program, the effects of market and regulatory changes on Southeast Alaska’s timber industry, the attempted reopening of the Alaska-Juneau gold mine, and the development of the Kensington gold mine. At the Juneau Empire, she was assigned to a year-long in-depth reporting project, in which she examined the effects of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act on shareholders’ lives and on local and regional economies in the first 25 years after ANCSA’s inception. She worked as assistant city editor at the Empire for two years before being named design editor, overseeing the paper’s team of copy and layout editors. She served as managing editor of the capital daily from 2003 to 2008.
She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
She has served on the Harborview Elementary School Site Council as a member for five years and as facilitator for two years. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping, and is an avid reader.