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. Most of my writing is done in partnership with the Investigative Fund, now renamed 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.

I’ve 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.