Megan Twohey is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children.

In 2017, she and Jodi Kantor broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse towards women, helping to ignite the worldwide #MeToo movement. The investigation shared in the 2018 George Polk award for national reporting. The previous year, during the 2016 presidential race, Twohey told the stories of women who accused Donald J. Trump of groping and other sexual misconduct.

She uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the Internet. Known as private re-homing, the illicit practice took place with no government oversight and at great risk to children. “The Child Exchange” series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and won the Edgar A. Poe Award of the White House Correspondents Association, among other prizes. It prompted states to pass new laws to protect children. Two of the main subjects were sent to prison. And Ms. Twohey testified before a U.S. Senate committee.

While reporting in Chicago, she exposed how police and prosecutors were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes, robbing victims of the chance for justice. In response to her stories, Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit. Ms. Twohey’s other investigations brought about separate legal protections for victims of stalking, domestic violence and sex-abusing doctors.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Chapter 1: Reporting that Ignites Results
    • Lesson 1: Introduction
    • Lesson 2: Pinnacle Stories that Ignited Change – Chicago Tribune
    • Lesson 3: Reuters Series – Saving Adopted Children
    • Lesson 4: Harvey Weinstein Reporting
    • Lesson 5: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 2
    Chapter 2: In Pursuit of the Truth
    • Lesson 1: Right and Wrong – Ceasing the Moment for the Front Page
    • Lesson 2: Where Do Story Ideas Come From?
    • Lesson 3: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 3
    Chapter 3: The 2017 Sexual Harassment Reporting and Breakthroughs
    • Lesson 1: 2017... A Breakthrough Year
    • Lesson 2: Harvey Weinstein
    • Lesson 3: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 4
    Chapter 4: Lessons from 2017 and Moving Forward
    • Lesson 1: The Real Questions… Exposing the Predators
    • Lesson 2: Moving Forward in 2018
    • Lesson 3: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 5
    Chapter 5: Balancing the Intensity of Reporting and Parenting
    • Lesson 1: Parenting as a Motivator for the Work
    • Lesson 2: Lessons Across Generations
    • Lesson 3: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 6
    Chapter 6: The Journalism Process
    • Lesson 1: Leaning Into The Fear
    • Lesson 2: The Rigorous Process of Validating the Story
    • Lesson 3: Maintaining Boundaries
    • Lesson 4: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 7
    Chapter 7: Finding your Passion & Commitment
    • Lesson 1: Give All You’ve Got
    • Lesson 2: Choose Passion Over Salary
    • Lesson 3: Finding Your Gift
    • Lesson 4: Taking It to the next Level
    • Lesson 5: Exercise - Download & Print PDF
  • 8
    Chapter 8: Reporting on Donald Trump
    • Lesson 1: The 2016 Presidential Campaign - Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
    • Lesson 2: The Discussion Today
  • 9
    Chapter 9: The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Reporter
    • Lesson 1: The Challenges & Rewards of Reporting
    • Lesson 2: What Motivates Me
    • Lesson 3: Advice to Young Women
    • Lesson 4: Exercise - Download & Print PDF

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