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 Nov 12The key issues that remain unresolved at COP26
Diplomats and negotiators from nearly 200 countries struggled to reach a global accord on reducing emissions to ease the impact of climate change. Friday was scheduled to be the last day of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. But deep…
World Nov 11As COP26 winds down, is a breakthrough climate agreement in sight?
The international climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland, is coming to a close, but several top officials said Thursday they are concerned too many countries are not willing to make enough real commitments to reducing emissions. William Brangham reports.
World Nov 11Why these young people came to the COP26 climate change conference
As part of our coverage in Glasgow, the PBS NewsHour asked several young attendees why they’re here, what they hope to learn and what adding their voices to this conference might mean.
World Nov 10Growing number of young Americans feel climate anxiety. Here’s what they need to cope
In a recent PBS NewsHour survey in partnership with The Generation Lab, nearly two-thirds of children and young adults said climate change will influence where they decide to live. A third said it would affect their decision to have children.
World Nov 09How developing nations pay the price for climate goals missed by wealthier countries
At the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, world leaders are trying to reach new agreements and commitments toward reducing emissions and slowing the impacts of a warming planet. William Brangham reports from Glasgow on the key issue of…
World Nov 08What’s at stake at COP26 as climate activists decry ’empty promises’
Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Glasgow for a second week for the United Nations summit aimed at getting new commitments and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pressure from climate activists has been building on the streets…
World Nov 08Youth activists call on U.S. to help deliver $100 billion in international climate aid
“We're in the [climate crisis right now] because of empty promises, because [world leaders] prioritize themselves and their economies over the planet and the people,” South African climate activist Raeesah Noor-Mahomed said.
Science Nov 04Glacier ice samples act as records of climate change’s impact on Earth
The impacts of a warming world and changing climate are more evident every day. Many of the Earth's tropical glaciers are in jeopardy because of human activity's effect on the atmosphere. William Brangham reports on a couple in Columbus, Ohio,…
World Nov 03Miss highlights from Biden’s two days in Glasgow? Here’s what you need to know
World leaders at the U.N. climate summit pledged on Wednesday to cut methane emissions and conserve forests.
World Nov 02Here are the latest promises made by Biden, global leaders at U.N. climate summit
World leaders at the U.N. climate summit pledged today to cut methane emissions and conserve forests. President Joe Biden wound up his two days at the Glasgow gathering focusing on America’s role in the new initiatives. William Brangham reports.