Dexter Thomas is a correspondent covering the intersection of politics and culture for VICE News Tonight — the Emmy Award-winning nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO. Before joining VICE in 2016, he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, where he contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of shootings in his hometown of San Bernardino, CA.
In 2017, Thomas was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy award in the Outstanding Hard News Feature Story category for his reporting on the rise of Carfentanil in Ohio.
His recent work has found him interviewing North Korean defectors about discrimination, exploring underground counterfeit sneaker economies in China, speaking to mass shooting survivors about their attempts to cope with an increasingly violent America, analyzing the white supremacist obsession with Japan, and traveling to Congo to introduce viewers to Voodoo Wrestling.
Thomas is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in East Asian studies at Cornell University where he earned his Master’s in the same subject in 2013 and is writing a book about Japanese hip-hop. He recently established the largest publicly accessible collection of Japanese hip-hop materials, located at his alma mater of UC Riverside.