Shawna Thomas is the Washington DC Bureau Chief for VICE News overseeing all of VICE News’ politics and DC-based policy coverage for VICE Media and HBO’s Emmy award-winning nightly newscast: VICE News Tonight.
Thomas has spearheaded the channel’s major political coverage including the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the Senate special election in Alabama and was a senior producer on VICE News Tonight’s award-winning ‘Charlottesville’ special episode, which earned Shawna two Emmys.
Before taking on the challenge of opening VICE News’ DC Bureau, she served as the senior producer and senior digital editor of NBC News’s “Meet the Press.” Her role there was two-fold: directing the show’s digital and social profile and managing the day-to-day assignments for the broadcast itself. She was also a bridge between the digital and television sides of NBC News, helping to coordinate digital’s presence at big television events like debates and conventions, all while helping produce television at such events.
With an Emmy win and multiple nominations under her belt, Thomas contributed to the broadcasts of NBC News for a decade. Prior to joining “Meet the Press,” she covered the White House, Capitol Hill, helped plan NBC’s Decision 2008 coverage and reported on the detainee trials in Guantanamo Bay. A Beyoncé enthusiast and karaoke star, Thomas attended The George Washington University for political communication and earned her Master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.