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Inventor Guest, Ginger Thompson

Inventor Guest Ginger Thompson

Ginger’s life has taken some interesting twists and turns, from being chosen Miss South Dakota USA in 1977 to winning the title of Brookings City Councilwoman in 2005. She holds a Master of Science degree in Journalism from South Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Dakota.

She was a television news anchor and reporter at KELO-TV and a producer for South Dakota Public Television before co-founding a marketing and media production company, TV Productions Media. Ginger is the co-producer of the award-winning television program “On Call with the Prairie Doc,” a live medical call-in show on SDPB and Prairie Doc Media.

She is the owner of Website Spice by Ginger, a web design company, and is an adjunct professor of journalism for SDSU, teaching Intro to Mass Communication to hundreds of students each year. She recorded her first voice-over at the age of three for her family’s radio station, KISD. She also has decades of presentation experience, appearing in front of audiences of up to 1,300 people.

She is an engaging presenter, both as a seminar speaker and professional emcee. As emcee, she has shared the stage with celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Erin Brockovich, Lisa Ling and Mary Lou Retton. Thomson is also an inventor who holds a patent on a product she developed with her husband, Jay Vanduch. The Doorhickey® is an “extra handle” that suctions to a sliding glass door for hands-free opening and closing. www.doorhickey.com