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
Health Jan 24With growing coronavirus outbreak, is China’s massive quarantine the right response?
China is still struggling to contain its growing coronavirus outbreak, which has now killed at least 41 and infected 900 more. The virus has spread to seven countries, with a second case confirmed in the U.S. Hospitals in the Chinese…
Health Jan 24Drug company executives face prison time for role in opioid epidemic
Thursday, several executives at Insys Therapeutics were sentenced to prison for a bribery scheme that paid doctors to prescribe the company’s lucrative and addictive painkiller. These sentences are a landmark moment in the push to hold drug makers accountable for…
Health Jan 22What we know about China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak — and what we don’t
Chinese officials are racing to respond to a highly contagious pneumonia-like virus that has now killed at least 17 people, infected hundreds more and spread to several other countries. In an effort to contain the illness, the city of Wuhan…
Nation Jan 14Apple faces off with Justice Department over access to Pensacola shooter’s phone
Attorney General William Barr wants Apple to unlock the iPhones of the man who allegedly killed three sailors at a Florida Naval air base in December, saying there might be valuable information stored on the devices. But Apple, citing broader…
Health Jan 13The hidden health costs of eviction
Millions of Americans are forced from their homes every year. Evictions are usually considered in economic terms -- an outcome of housing supply and income levels -- but what about their physical and emotional impact? Research increasingly shows housing insecurity…
Nation Dec 20For-profit prisons reap business benefit from Trump’s immigration stance
A new investigation reveals the rapid growth of for-profit prisons being used to house immigrants. While the phenomenon has generated tremendous revenue for the industry, it has also resulted in hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and mistreatment in those…
Science Dec 18Advancements in spinal cord research give the severely injured hope
World Dec 16Why Madrid climate change talks failed to deliver
Climate talks in Madrid ended Sunday with little agreement on addressing what many say is the single greatest challenge facing humanity. At the annual gathering, known as COP, the world’s largest polluters were unable to agree on stronger plans to…
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.