Thomas Manglona II is a journalist from Rota, Northern Mariana Islands, with experience in regional and local newsrooms. He previously reported on Guam, the Northern Marianas, and the Pacific for KUAM News. He also worked on the news desk for ABC7 News in San Francisco.

Thomas received an M.A. in Journalism at Stanford University as a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of California at Berkeley where he earned his B.A. in Media Studies with High Distinction in 2020. He is a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar. 

At UC Berkeley, he served as executive director of its television news station, CalTV, and supervised over 100 members. Thomas successfully advocated establishing a permanent staff position for Pacific Islander student development with funding for programs. He helped establish the first Critical Pacific Island Studies Library Guide at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library. 

He is an active member of the Native American Journalists Association and Asian American Journalists Association. At AAJA, he founded the Pacific Islander Journalism Task Force to advocate for journalists and coverage across Oceania.