Megan Burke is the senior producer for KPBS Midday Edition. Her prior production credits include KPBS Evening Edition, KPBS Roundtable, and San Diego’s DNA, a two-part documentary on the region’s oldest traditions and culture using personal artifacts and oral histories of San Diegans.
Prior to joining the news staff, Megan managed several outreach campaigns including KPBS’ Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Initiative. The project included Emmy award-winning television spots, an extensive web site, local programming and events, and a statewide grant campaign. She also produced the Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Awards Ceremonies from 2002-2008.
Megan has been with KPBS since 1999 and has a journalism degree from San Diego State University.
Recent Stories by Megan Burke
San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted to make big changes after the fires to invest in fire prevention. The majority of the nearly 300,000 acres burned by the Harris and Witch Creek fires were in the county's unincorporated area represented by Supervisor Jacob.
San Diego parents now through Nov. 13 have the chance to apply to public schools outside their neighborhood that might be a better fit for their kids. It's called the "school choice window." Families can apply to schools with a dual-language emphasis, an advanced placement focus or even arts and music. Voice of San Diego developed a map to help parents navigate the process.
Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.
A City Heights-based organization is bringing community groups and government officials together to provide better services for immigrants suffering from emotional disorders.
San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.
- Oct. 4
- By Megan Burke
It's only been a few days since a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people attending the Harvest 91 Country Music Festival, and injured more than 500. Many of us, all across America, are asking why and how such a tragedy could happen. We asked members of the KPBS Public Insight Network how the mass shooting is affecting them personally.
San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.
On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.
"When a plane crashes, experts pick through the wreckage to determine the cause and make recommendations to prevent the next accident," journalist Pagan Kennedy, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, wrote. "But no comparable system exists in policing — and that may help explain why you are far more likely to die at the hands of a cop than to perish in an plane crash."
- Sept. 25
- By Megan Burke
Their life together started like a storybook romance and then was tested by a devastating loss. Now married 24 years, they have turned personal tragedy into a commitment to help others.