Megan Thompson

Megan Thompson

Megan Thompson shoots, produces and reports on-camera for PBS NewsHour Weekend. Her report "Costly Generics" earned an Emmy nomination and won Gracie and National Headliner Awards. She was also recently awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship to report on the issue of mental health. Previously, Thompson worked for the PBS shows and series Need to Know, Treasures of New York, WorldFocus and NOW on PBS. Prior to her career in journalism she worked in research and communications on Capitol Hill. She originally hails from the great state of Minnesota and holds a BA from Wellesley College and a MA in Journalism from New York University.

Megan's Most Recent Stories

  • October 15, 2017

    For more than 40 years, artist William Wegman has been making portraits and videos of his own beloved Weimaraner dogs, which have appeared in countless publications and featured on Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. This month, he published a career retrospective book with 300 images from his vast collection. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson visited his studio and current canines in New York. Continue reading

  • October 14, 2017

    The nation’s $1.4 trillion student debt burden doesn’t just fall on young graduates — it’s affecting older Americans, too. The number of people age 60 and older with student loans has quadrupled in the last 10 years. PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports on seniors who are struggling with loans as they approach retirement. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called ‘Chasing the Dream,’ which reports on poverty and opportunity in America. Continue reading

  • September 3, 2017

    The PBS NewsHour Weekend reporting team is gathering personal stories from people who are retired or nearing retirement and are repaying student loans. Continue reading

  • July 22, 2017

    In states across the country, a cash bail system can mean that poor defendants remain in jail while wealthier defendants go free. But a model to address those disparities began this year in New Jersey, which has launched some of the most comprehensive bail reforms in the nation. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports as part of our “Chasing the Dream” series on poverty and opportunity in America. Continue reading

  • June 18, 2017

    Hawaii leads the nation in its rate of homelessness, which affects about 505 out of every 100,000 people there and is a major toll on its health care system. But just last month, the state announced a slight decrease in this ratio for the first time in eight years. NewsHour Weekend correspondent Megan Thompson reports on the programs that may be helping the state make progress. Continue reading