A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Wright Thompson went to college at the University of Missouri. It was there that he began his sports writing career, covering Missouri sports and writing as a columnist for the School of Journalism’s Columbia Missourian. Between his junior and senior years, he interned at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and later was the LSU beat writer there. He later moved to the Kansas City Star, where he covered a wide variety of sports events including Super Bowls, Final Fours, The Masters and The Kentucky Derby.
Today, Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He assumed full-time writing duties at ESPN.com in 2006. Thompson has written or contributed to hundreds of articles over the years.