Melanie Saltzman

Melanie Saltzman

Melanie Saltzman is an Associate Producer at PBS NewsHour Weekend.

Melanie's Most Recent Stories

  • October 8, 2017

    Despite high levels of drug abuse among the jail population nationwide, few facilities offer drug treatment programs. They don’t have the funds or the physical space. But the Kentucky Department of Corrections reports that statewide, half the people who went through a substance abuse program in jail say they stayed off illegal drugs for at least a year. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2017

    In May, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, citing the rising death toll from opioid overdoses in his state, sued five pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of playing down the risks of painkiller addiction. Ohio is the largest of 10 states that have sued pharmaceutical companies to recover the costs of treating the epidemic. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Chris Bury reports as part of our series, “America Addicted.” Continue reading

  • April 30, 2017

    In the Serengeti region in Tanzania, conflict can arise between humans and the elephants that graze on their crops. The U.S.-based nonprofit RESOLVE is testing a new way to reduce these clashes while protecting both elephants and humans: drones. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay traveled to Tanzania to learn more about the technique. Continue reading

  • December 10, 2016

    Donald Trump often invoked Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail this year, and did so again as President-elect last week at a North Carolina rally as he described his plans for the military. But just how similar are the two men? As NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Jeff Greenfield explains, their differences are a testimony to how much our political landscape has changed over the past 35 years. Continue reading

  • August 14, 2016

    About 9 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans every year — enough to fill a football stadium 23 miles high. But a project dubbed the Ocean Cleanup aims to eliminate it with a method that researchers are testing in the North Sea. The NewsHour Weekend’s Saskia de Melker has the story. Continue reading