About Megan @megbthompson
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 Recent Stories
Nation Oct 12Can sustainable farming save Iowa’s precious soil and water?
Iowa is a powerhouse producer of corn and soybeans. But all the industrial farming has come at a cost to the environment. Today, there's a growing number of farmers adopting more sustainable practices in a bid to save Iowa's precious…
Arts Oct 12Securing some of the most valuable art in the world
For nearly 40 years, John Barelli helped secure one of the most precious collections in the world at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He recently spoke to NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson about his extraordinary career and new…
Nation Oct 06A playground for everyone, no matter your age or ability
When Olenka Villarreal couldn’t find a playground for her daughter, who was born with disabilities, she launched an effort to build one. The Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, California, is touted as the most accessible playground in the country.
Arts Oct 05Writer called a Minnesota county ‘the worst place to live.’ Then he moved there
After being convinced by locals to visit Red Lake County, Washington Post data reporter Christopher Ingraham found that he loved it.
Arts Sep 29Why music has such profound effects on the brain
Why does music give us chills, motivate us to work out and make us feel connected to one another? Neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas explains the power of music and its effects on our brains in her new book,…
Arts Sep 28What’s it like to be in charge of security at the Met Museum?
The retired head of security at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art talks about his new book based on his extraordinary 40-year career.
World Sep 21Indigenous leaders call attention to disastrous forest fires
Fires have destroyed millions of acres of rainforest in the Amazon and in portions of Indonesia in recent months. This week, an international coalition of indigenous leaders met in New York during the United Nations climate summit to call attention…
Nation Sep 14Convicted of murder, but a police officer pulled the trigger
In 2015, an Alabama police officer shot and killed a teenager burglarizing a home. While the officer was cleared, four other teens who were involved in the crime were all charged with their friend’s murder. But how can that be?…
Nation Aug 31Americans waste up to 40 percent of the food they produce
If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson sat down with Elizabeth Balkan, director of food waste for the Natural Resources Defense Council,…
Nation Aug 04El Paso shooting is domestic terrorism, investigators say
Investigators of the El Paso mass shooting, which left 20 people dead and wounded at least 26 others, are treating the massacre as a case of domestic terrorism and will file capital murder charges against the suspect, now in custody.