About William @WmBrangham
William Brangham is a correspondent and producer for PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C. He joined the flagship PBS program in 2015, after spending two years with PBS NewsHour Weekend in New York City.
In his first three years, Brangham has done a range of award-winning reporting across the United States and internationally, covering everything from the severity of America’s opioid crisis, the integration of women into combat roles in the U.S. Marine Corps, to a profile of Ina Garten, the “Barefoot Contessa.”
Brangham’s reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015 was among the work cited when the NewsHour won a George Foster Peabody Award that year. The next year, he reported a six-part series on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, which won a series of major awards including an Emmy and the National Academies of Sciences Communication Award. In 2018, Brangham worked on an investigative series about sexual assault and retaliation in the U.S. Forest Service. The day after that series aired, the head of the Forest Service suddenly stepped down.
When he is not out reporting in the field, Brangham is a regular interviewer on the NewsHour, and he has occasionally anchored the weekday and Weekend broadcasts.
During his career, Brangham has also worked on video projects for The New York Times, ABC News, National Geographic and Frontline. Prior to joining the NewsHour, he was a producer and correspondent for Need to Know on PBS, and before that, for Bill Moyers Journal. Brangham worked on several Moyers' documentary series in the 1990s, and was a producer on the critically acclaimed Now with Bill Moyers in the early 2000s.
In 2014, he was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Brangham lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children.
William’s Recent Stories
Nation Dec 11What Michael Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russia probe
The origins of the Russia investigation were under the microscope on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Michael Horowitz, inspector general for the Department of Justice, sat for a day-long hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee about his recent report examining accusations of…
Politics Dec 09Read the full DOJ inspector general’s report on the FBI’s Russia probe
A watchdog report on the Russia probe, by the Justice Department inspector general, finds no evidence of political bias but says 17 "significant errors or omissions" occurred during the Russia investigations.
Nation Nov 12Why lawsuit against Remington could have a ripple effect for gun industry
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court denied an attempt by Remington Arms to block a lawsuit filed by families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, who argue the maker of the AR-15-style rifle should be held liable for…
Nation Nov 07Could selling PG&E to its customers help solve California’s power problems?
During California’s recent wildfires, the intentional blackouts PG&E implemented to reduce danger frustrated residents. The utility’s poorly maintained infrastructure is blamed for at least five previous fires. Now, the mayors of over a dozen California cities are suggesting PG&E should…
Science Nov 07A father took an at-home DNA test. His son was then falsely accused of murder
Genetic genealogy, the technique millions of people are using to learn about their family history, has now become a potent tool with which law enforcement can solve crimes. But the method has major privacy implications that are prompting some critics…
Science Nov 06How at-home DNA tests helped solve this 30-year-old murder
In 2019, American law enforcement agencies have identified over 70 suspects using a new technique called genetic genealogy, which California detectives leveraged in 2018 to identify the Golden State Killer. In the first of a two-part series, William Brangham shares…
Politics Nov 04Why pro-Trump Kentucky is facing such a competitive governor’s race
The Kentucky governor’s race is one of three gubernatorial contests that will serve as key tests of Republican strength ahead of the 2020 presidential election. President Trump is campaigning there Monday for the incumbent, Matt Bevin, who’s facing a very…
Arts Nov 01George Takei on why the original ‘Star Trek’ never featured a gay character
The 1960s TV show pushed some social boundaries, but it never included any LGBTQ characters on the starship "Enterprise." Actor George Takei tells us what happened when he asked the creator about the omission.
Arts Oct 30A conversation with ‘We the Corporations’ author Adam Winkler
Adam Winkler, author of our October pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins William Brangham to discuss “We the Corporations,” and William announces the November book selection.
Nation Oct 25California fire crews race against the clock to contain multiple blazes
Wildfires are burning out of control across Northern and Southern California, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate their homes, blocking roads and closing schools. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, admits its electrical equipment could have sparked the…