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 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…
Nation Aug 01Edible marijuana rules tightened in Colorado
Since recreational marijuana sales began at the beginning of this year in Colorado, sales of edibles – items like pot-infused sodas, chocolates, brownies and gummy bears – have become hugely popular. Unfortunately, because of inconsistent labeling and potency, many inexperienced…
Nation Jul 02Target tells customers to leave their guns at home
Following a campaign by gun-control groups, retailing giant Target changed its position on letting armed customers into its stores.
Nation Jun 29Rapper appeals verdict after lyrics used to sway jury
The case against Vonte Skinner hinged primarily on two eyewitnesses, though their stories had changed several times. Near the end of the trial, the prosecution introduced 13 pages of violent rap lyrics to demonstrate Skinner’s motive and intent to commit…
World Jun 16Pacific Island nation shuts fishery to protect tuna
President Anote Tong of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, announced Monday the closure of a vast fishing ground known as the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. The area, which spans over 150,000 square miles of ocean -- roughly the…
Nation Apr 02Is pot getting more potent?
The average potency of pot has more than tripled in the past two decades, according to testing done for the federal government. This comes just over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized the drug and as many other states…