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NameDesson Thomson
LocationWasjhington DC

I have a rich international background as the son of a Scotsman and a mother from South Africa. I grew up in England until the age of 17 and ever since I have lived in Washington DC. I have dual British and U.S. citizenship. I enjoyed a 25-year career of journalism with The Washington Post, most of that time as a movie critic, where I had the opportunity to engage thousands of readers about a subject that, ultimately, is about life. What a privilege. Life being the constantly changing, disruptive little creature it is (let’s just call it the arrival of the Internet), I left the Post in 2008 with a lot of working life still left to experience. I reinvented myself as a political speechwriter. Serving for seven years in the Obama administration, I had the unique (and frankly lucky, but isn’t it always?) opportunity to write for 14 months for then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. During those seven years I also wrote for a few Under Secretaries of State, and spent a year in the U.K., writing speeches for the American Ambassador to London. With the coming of the strangest individual to ever live in the White House, I left the U.S. Government, and wrote speeches for the Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO. I am a longtime resident of Washington. I am the lead singer and co-songwriter for the music group Cairo Fred, and sing on a number of musical tribute shows. I am enjoying my journey now as an audiobook narrator where I can use my voice which is one of my best natural assets, along with a rich sense of humor, and a love of accents, characters, and stories. It has been, and remains, an extraordinary journey that has included my lovely wife and three sons and a wonderful Labrador by the name of Zelda. There was also a great reunion with my birth father in Aberdeen in the early 2000’s, which led to the changing of my surname from Howe to Thomson.

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