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 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…
Nation Oct 18How these 2 astronauts took a giant leap for womankind
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducted the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday. The occasion represented a momentous milestone for the space program, which long disregarded women. Meir and Koch held a news conference…
Nation Oct 16Nats’ path to World Series is something to cheer for in divided D.C.
For the first time since 1933, Washington, D.C., finally has a baseball team going to the World Series. William Brangham reports on the Nationals' unlikely run to the fall classic, and what hometown pride means for the nation's capital at…
Nation Oct 02How wheelchair tennis provides a successful model for adaptive sports
Recreational and competitive sports played by people with disabilities are growing in popularity, and the skill levels of the athletes are rising. One of the more established adaptive sports is wheelchair tennis. William Brangham went to the U.S. Open in…