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
Economy Jan 15Target shutting down in Canada after only two years
Target announced Thursday that it will shut down its struggling operations in Canada, less than two years after its launch there.
Science Nov 05The 14-step process to putting on an Ebola protective suit
Treating someone with Ebola involves a painstaking process of suiting up and peeling off protective gear, or in hospital speak, “donning and doffing.” Last month, after two Dallas nurses became infected after caring for an Ebola patient, the CDC revised…
Nation Oct 18National poverty rate drops slightly, but suburban poverty still bleak
The poverty rate in the U.S. registered its first drop in the U.S. since 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported, falling from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013, but the situation remains bleak in American suburbs.
Nation Oct 15EPA gives go ahead to new weed killer for genetically modified soy and corn
The Environmental Protection Agency today gave the green light to an herbicide designed for use with new genetically modified corn and soybeans.
Nation Aug 23POLL: Do you think employers should use background checks?
Employers and screeners say the checks are an important tool for reducing liability for negligent hiring. But the practice has come under fire from those who say it can lead to discrimination and decreased job opportunities for the 70 million…
Arts Jul 26How well do you know ‘A Prairie Home Companion’? Take our quiz
Are you strong, good-looking and/or above-average? Could you make it in Lake Wobegon? Take NewsHour Weekend’s “A Prairie Home Companion” quiz in honor of the show’s 40th anniversary.
Nation Jul 24Are drug companies using safety rules to block generic competition?
A new study claims pharmaceutical companies may be misusing FDA safety guidelines to block generic drugs from market, costing the health care system more than $5 billion dollars a year.
Arts Jul 05Public radio’s iconic ‘Prairie Home Companion’ celebrates 40 years
A three-day anniversary event kicked off Friday at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where Garrison Keillor first broadcast "A Prairie Home Companion" on July 6, 1974. Back then, there were about 12 people in the audience. Today the show…
Health Jun 28Courts weigh in on generic drug delays
In legal battles over drug patents, a brand-drug company will sometimes make a payment to a generic manufacturer that opponents allege is meant to delay the generic to market.
Nation Jun 08Kids out of school also missing subsidized lunch
More than 21 million kids rely on free or reduced-price lunch during the school year, but only three million have access to nutrition programs during the summer.