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 Jun 15What sorrow, fear and love sound like in Orlando right now
We've been reporting on the ground in Orlando since a gunman opened fire on a crowded nightclub Sunday. We spoke with people at an LGBT community center, a local mosque, a blood donation center and a vigil for victims of…
Nation Jun 12‘This is our Charleston’: Orlando LGBT center mourns massacre victims
At the LGBT Center of Central Florida in Orlando, community members and allies gathered on Sunday to grieve for the victims of the early morning massacre at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando.
Health Jan 23Worried about lead in your water? Flint pediatricians have this advice
The lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan has people across the nation wondering about their own possible exposure to the toxic metal. “When pediatricians hear anything about lead, we stand up straight, and we freak out,” says Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha,…
Health Jan 20Was this autism pioneer also a Nazi?
Viennese psychologist Hans Asperger ran a clinic for autistic children in the 1930s and is considered by many to be one of the first to diagnose and define autism as we know it today. But what became of Asperger during…
Nation Dec 02Local reporter caught in middle of San Bernardino shootout
A local San Bernardino reporter was caught in the middle of the shootout between police and the alleged suspects from today’s mass shooting in Southern California.
Science Dec 02Why the Paris talks won’t prevent 2 degrees of global warming
Only one action could prevent the world from surpassing 2 degrees of global warming, but does this benchmark even matter?…
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.