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Jen Thomas

San Francisco, CA
Copy Editor — San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate
Covers:  uae, property, housing, municipal politics, human rights, gcc, transportation, abu dhabi, labor, islam, child welfare, social justice, consumer affairs, media freedom, arab spring, middle east, construction, workplace safety, censorship, arab world, arabian peninsula

Editor/web strategist now in San Francisco. Media for @WorldFlyingDisc. Former expat, Ultimate player, traveler, Peyton Manning fan, proud Masshole, puppy owner

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Since late 2010, I've worked at the English-language daily "The National" in Abu Dhabi, where I currently run the homepage and social media channels.

I've been an investigative reporter (with a focus on politics, labor issues and human rights abuses), a news desk editor, web producer and radio vo...

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@JenMcTom — 894 followers, 4,493 tweets

RT @JohnCleese: I want to make it clear that the news story about my referring to President Trump as a 'shithole' President during a Monty…
@christian_avard I don't disagree that the way our culture has evolved to assume consent isn't problematic. I also don't disagree that he was a jerk. I just don't agree that he assaulted anyone.
Of all the Aziz Ansari think pieces, this comes closest to my feelings on the matter. He was gross and aggressive and inconsiderate, but he didn't commit assault. 
Me, to the newsroom: "If the president can say it, we can tweet the word 'shithole,' right?" 
But really, why are people so mean on the Internet?
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What was your first job as a journalist?

When I was 13, I wrote a story about my middle school's annual chorus trip for our school newspaper in Fall River, Mass. Breaking news!

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Fun Fact: We didn't have a computer in my house growing up, so I wrote all of my school papers on a typewriter until college in 2003.

How is social media changing news?

You just cannot be a modern journalist if you're not using social media. It is THE way to get the news and have a conversation about it.

Fifth Grade Valedictorian

1995 - Being a 10-year-old smartypants

James A. Hardman Jr Scholarship

2007 - Journalism
Funds one full year of study for a journalism student at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts