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Doug Thompson returning to Capitol Hill Blue

By CALLIE MORAN - Capitol Hill Blue
August 3, 2013

Doug Thompson:  Returning to the site he founded.

Doug Thompson: Returning to the site he founded.

Capitol Hill Blue founder and publisher Doug Thompson returns to writing about politics and the hypocrisy of government, as well as the day-to-day supervision of the oldest political news web site on the Internet, on Monday, August 5, 2013.

Although his return is not fully authorized by the doctors who have supervised his recovery from a near-fatal motorcycle accident on November 9, 2012 that left him with multiple broken bones, a dislocated eye, facial damage and traumatic brain injury, he feels that he needs to return to writing and move forward.

“At the time of my motorcycle accident, I was attempting to bring Capitol Hill Blue back to the prominence it had on the Internet in 2006 when my attention was diverted by my needs to become the principal provider for my ailing mother,” he said. “For the five years following that diversion, both traffic and, I feel, the quality of the site suffered.  Although a number of dedicated people have worked to keep Capitol Hill Blue running, it needs the personal attention of the man who founded it and provided the philosophy.”

In making the decision Friday to return, Thompson asked readers of Capitol Hill Blue to help him as he tries to rebuild and refocus the web site in the coming months and years.

“Capitol Hill Blue will celebrate its 19th year on the web on October 1,” he said. “We have been around for a long time and I plan to celebrate 20 years in 2014.”

His plans include a redesign of the web site and an increase of articles by Capitol Hill Blue staff.

“We are not here just to reprint articles from wire services,” he said.  “Our goal is to provide coverage that other news sites overlook or misinterpret.”

Thompson brings 50 years of journalism experience to the Internet.  He went to work for the weekly in his home town of Floyd, Virginia, as a high school student in 1963, became the youngest full-time reporter for the daily Roanoke Times in 1965, went on to The Alton Telegraph in Illinois from 1969-1981, and spent 23 years in Washington working first as a Capitol Hill jobs that included press secretary, chief of staff and special assistant to the ranking member of the House Committee of Science and Technology.

From 1987-92, Thompson ran the political funding operations of The National Association of Realtors as Vice President for Political Programs.  He later served as Senior Communications Associate for The Eddie Mahe Company but journalism remained his love and he returned to contract and free-lance work as both a writer and photographer for newspapers, wire services and magazines.

In 2004, Thompson and his wife left Washington and moved to his childhood hometown of Floyd, Virginia, where he continued to work in journalism and concentrate on Internet projects.  He currently is a contract reporter-photographer for BH Media, owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, and also works as a free-lance videographer for television stations in Virginia and North Carolina.

“Technically, I’m semi-retired,” he said. “But the five-year detour to take care of my mother requires my return to a heavier work schedule to help rebuild the resources that were depleted by the cost of her final years. That return was delayed by the motorcycle accident last November but I need to, and must, return to rebuilding our lives and projects like Capitol Hill Blue.

Ironically, when he crashed his motorcycle late on a Friday night on a dark road on U.S. 221 south of Roanoke, Virginia, he was returning from photographing a high school state championship football game for a BH Media newspaper.

“I am a newspaperman,” he said.  “That is what I was born to do and it is time I returned to producing news for both print and the web.”

 

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5 Responses to Doug Thompson returning to Capitol Hill Blue

  1. Bill Cravener

    August 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

    His plans include a redesign of the web site and an increase of articles by Capitol Hill Blue staff.

    I knew you could not stay away for long and welcome back Doug! I’m looking forward to your upcoming changes for your esteemed news site!

  2. CA Leeson

    August 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Welcome back Doug!

  3. SDR

    August 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Old War Horse you are.

  4. Mark Thomason

    August 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Welcome back.

    A better headline might by that you can’t stop.

    No matter what anyone says, no matter how good their ideas, no matter how well intentioned, some things just are not possible.

  5. Carl Nemo **==

    August 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    My concern is for your health Doug along with a reasonable recovery from your TBI. My mother succumbed to such after a fall down basement stairs back in 2010. She spent 7 months in hospitals and rehab facilities before succumbing to a failed brain surgery procedure to hopefully relieve rebuilding pressure due to fluid buildup between the cranium and the brain itself.

    You might want to listen to your physicians on this one and at least be willing to give yourself a month to six weeks rest. You can still direct your staff at CHB in a casual fashion. CHB isn’t going to fall apart due to your leave of absence. Your supporting editors are doing a fine job with their topic selections and written input to each article.

    You won’t be any good to CHB or anyone else if you end up face down in your keyboard, flat-lined out.

    So too your current site format isn’t all that bad. In fact it’s been one of the best ever I’ve witnessed over the past number of years.

    Welcome back, but so too with a heads up concerning your limits. If you need to fade again for a bit, then do so, no explanation necessary. : )

    Carl Nemo **==