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

  • 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

  • March 19, 2017

    About one-third of all the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, according to the United Nations. But several years ago, South Korea instituted a law that requires residents to separate food waste from other garbage and imposes fines on anyone who does not recycle. The NewsHour Weekend’s Mori Rothman reports. Continue reading

  • March 5, 2017

    After Harriet Tubman, famed conductor of the Underground Railroad, rescued dozens of people from slavery and served in the Civil War, she settled down in the small city of Auburn in upstate New York and continued a life of service. The National Park Service recently made her property a national park, celebrating the later chapters of her life. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports. Continue reading

  • February 5, 2017

    Allentown, Pennsylvania and surrounding Lehigh County are home to around 4,200 residents of Syrian descent — one of the largest Syrian communities in the nation. They began arriving a century ago, with dozens more pouring in after the start of the Syrian civil war. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Megan Thompson traveled to the region to report on their views of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
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  • May 7, 2016

    A local government-run program in Richmond, California, pays some young men up to $1,000 a month for as long as nine months if they achieve personal goals and stay out of trouble. The program targets some of the most dangerous people on the street, suspected, or previously convicted, of committing gun crimes. Those taking part also receive one-on-one counseling, job opportunities and mentoring. Yet critics say paying former criminals to reduce gun violence is the wrong approach. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson has this report. Continue reading