Megan's Recent Stories
Health Nov 18These families lost kids to the flu. Now, they’re fighting to prevent more deaths
These families are speaking out about the importance of a universal flu vaccine and spreading awareness about the current flu shot.
Arts Oct 15Artist William Wegman and his Weimaraner muses
Nation Oct 08In Kentucky, jail is becoming an addict’s last-resort rehab
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…
Education Sep 03Are you older than 60 and paying off student loans? Tell us your story.
The PBS NewsHour Weekend reporting team is gathering personal stories from people who are retired or nearing retirement and are repaying student loans.
Nation Aug 06How a Hawaiian island is fighting invasive parakeets
On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, rose-ringed parakeets, which are often kept as pets, have bred in the wild, destroying farms and bothering residents. They may also be threatening native plants. PBS NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports on local efforts…
Nation Jul 22New Jersey eliminates most cash bail, leads nation in reforms
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…
Health Jun 18After 8 years, Hawaii sees decline in homelessness rate
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…
Science Apr 22Scientists consider running for office
As President Donald Trump’s administration proposes cuts to science programs across the country, some scientists and engineers are considering whether they should run for elected office. One of the biggest worries, some say, is whether revealing their partisan politics could…
World Mar 19These policies helped South Korea’s capital decrease food waste
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…
Nation Mar 05New national park celebrates Harriet Tubman’s legacy
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.