a few words about me

photo by Pandora Young

Hey! I’m a journalist and author in Oakland. I can be reached at thompson.gabriel@gmail.com. I’m usually looking for work. I mostly write about immigration, labor, and organizing. Much of my writing is done in partnership with Type Investigations. One of my exposés for them, of labor violations during Super Bowl 50, laid the groundwork for a $5.45m settlement in February 2019.

My recent pieces have focused on how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting vulnerable communities. Two pieces tell those stories through the words of the people themselves: for Medium, a chronicle from an asylum seeker on hunger strike inside a detention center where the virus is exploding; and for The Guardian, a look at what it’s like to feed a nation during a pandemic while being denied any sort of federal relief. For The Intercept, I also investigated a New York warehouse whose low-wage workforce was pressured to keep working as the coronavirus spread, and where at least six workers died from the disease.

I’ve also written feature articles for the New York Times, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, San Francisco Magazine, and other places (even Golf Digest). I review books for the San Francisco Chronicle and TruthDig. My work has won a few prizes, including the Studs Turkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. Links to a lot of my writing is at the journalism tab.

I’ve written five books. The most recent, which I edited, is an oral history collection of California farmworkers called Chasing the Harvest. It was published in the spring of 2017 by Verso, in conjunction with a wonderful non-profit called Voice of Witness. You can find more info about Chasing the Harvest  here. Info about my other books is at the books tab.

That’s it. Hope you are well, wherever you are, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch.