Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University's
School of Journalism and Communication. He joined the faculty
at Carleton in 2003 after spending 17 years as a reporter
with the Toronto Star, Canada's largest circulation
Allan worked for ten years as a correspondent
for The Star on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, reporting
on foreign affairs, defence and immigration issues.
He first reported from Rwanda for The Star
in 1996 during the mass exodus of Rwandan refugees from eastern
Zaire and has been back several times since.
Over the years he has also chronicled Romeo
Dallaire's career in a series of reports for The Star
and reported on Dallaire’s testimony before the International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
He just finished editing a collection of papers
called The Media and the Rwanda Genocide.
Thompson is a graduate of Carleton’s Bachelor
of Journalism program (1986) and did a Masters degree in International
Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
He also spent a year in England and North Africa,
in 1990-91, through an internship with Gemini News Service.
Since leaving daily journalism he has continued
to work as a freelancer and writes a weekly column for The
Star on immigration issues and a regular column for Diplomat
magazine. Thompson has a son, aged 6.