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

  • 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

  • March 4, 2016

    In a new exhibit, Chicago’s Field Museum has revived elements from its controversial 1933 show, “Races of Mankind,” consisting of 104 bronze statues that depict races from around the world. Most of the statues were banished by 1969 as public opinion on race evolved. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports on the return of the dubious display. Continue reading

  • February 26, 2016

    Ethiopian film “Lamb” from director Yared Zeleke, which follows a half-Jewish boy sent to live with relatives in the country’s southern mountains, is the first film from Ethiopia to ever be selected for the Cannes Film Festival and was the country’s entry for the Academy Awards. Now, the film is making its way to festivals in the U.S. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports. Continue reading

  • February 12, 2016

    In Chicago, the Department of Public Health has partnered with the city’s data team to improve restaurant inspections by using analytics and social media to predict and detect which establishments are more likely to have potential food safety violations. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports as part of the series, Urban Ideas. Continue reading

  • September 13, 2015

    The Duval County Detention Center in Jacksonville, Florida, where teenagers who have been arrested wait to be arraigned or sent on to long-term facilities, has enacted a set of reforms by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice over the last few years, including adding murals, group therapy sessions and activity rooms, to minimize the trauma of getting locked up. Continue reading