Rhema Thompson

Rhema Thompson began her post at WJCT on a very cold day in January 2014.

She has been in the news industry for more than six years, working in both broadcast and print. She received her master's degree in broadcast from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut and is a Husky for life.

Before joining the WJCT team, she served as education reporter for the Pensacola News Journal. Over the course of her career, she has produced for CBS News and covered crime, courts, arts and entertainment for several publications including The Newport Daily News, The Hartford Courant and The New York Daily News.

There’s something universally jarring about the sound of shackles. It’s slow and, while high-pitched, carries a timbre of gloom.

It’s especially unnerving when those shackles are chained to the feet and arms of a slight, young man, like the one who stood in front of an audience on a recent evening.

“At the end of the day, y’all are going home. I’m still locked up,” he told the group of young men sitting before him.

His words were quiet, but he had their full attention.

Nathan B. Forrest High School’s physical transformation into Westside High School has begun.