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
World Sep 09Photos: Hundreds of migrants and refugees wait in limbo at Hungarian border
A PBS NewsHour crew reports from the Hungarian border this week, as the flood of migrants and refugees into Europe continues to overwhelm. Correspondent William Brangham, and producers Saskia de Melker and Jon Gerberg posted these photos from a makeshift…
Nation Aug 29How did Katrina change how we evacuate pets from disaster?
The fact that many people died in the floods because they wouldn't leave their animals behind -- as well as the sight of hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs after the flood waters receded -- prompted major changes to state…
Health Jul 21How a Coney Island sideshow advanced medicine for premature babies
Dr. Martin Couney created and ran incubator-baby exhibits on the island from 1903 to the early 1940s, and though he died in relative obscurity, he was one of the great champions of this lifesaving technology and is credited with saving…
Nation Mar 29As HIV epidemic rages in Indiana, lessons to be learned from Vancouver
Indiana Governor Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency because of 79 H.I.V. cases among injection drug-users in the southern part of the state.
Nation Mar 21Here’s why your March Madness pool is illegal
If you’re a college hoops fan, you've likely been waiting all year for the NCAA's March Madness tournament. You made your picks, filled out your bracket, wagered a few dollars. But it turns out, you're also breaking the law.
World Mar 02Photos: Eerie remnants of the former U.S. embassy, 35 years after Iran hostage crisis
Thirty-five years after the Iran hostage crisis, a rare look inside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran.
Nation Feb 28How a soccer-crazy family copes with concern about head safety
Soccer's a contact sport. Kids can get hurt. I'm not looking to bubble-wrap my kids, but I'd be lying if I said my wife and I weren't increasingly uneasy while watching from the sidelines.
Nation Jan 30NFL says player concussions are declining
According to an announcement made in Phoenix yesterday, concussions fell 25 percent this season compared to last year,…
Nation Oct 11Would you switch your favorite drink if it cost more?
As San Francisco considers a tax on sugary beverages, NewsHour Weekend spoke with residents as they bought their favorite drinks. We asked: if the price of their beverage of choice increased, would it change their consumption behavior?…
Nation Aug 09New Jersey court strikes down murder conviction based on violent rap lyrics
This week, the New Jersey State Supreme Court overturned, by a vote of 6-0, the attempted murder conviction of an aspiring rapper and small-time drug dealer named Vonte Skinner, arguing that the extensive reading of Skinner’s violent rap lyrics during…