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Megan Burke

Senior Producer

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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

Ardem Patapoutian, a professor in the departmen...

Scripps Neuroscientist Shares $1 Million Prize For Identifying Molecules That Control Touch, Pain

May 27
By Megan Burke, Shalina Chatlani

On Wednesday, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters honored Scripps Research scientist, Ardem Patapoutian, with its 2020 Kavli Prize in neuroscience for his work, discovering proteins in the body that are key to our sense of touch.

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Some Good Coronavirus News: Recovered San Diego Patients Showed 'Robust' Immunity

May 15
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

A study from researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology offers the first detailed look at the immune response of patients who contracted and recovered from SARS-CoV-2, which is causing the coronavirus pandemic.

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How Will The Coronavirus Affect San Diego's Cruise Ship Industry?

May 13
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

San Diego, a popular port for cruise lines in recent years, took a direct economic hit when the Centers for Disease Control closed the ships down in March. Will it be back? Under what restrictions?

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo, shows Interi...

What Happens To The Office Watercooler After Coronavirus?

May 12
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

How do you keep workers safe when it’s time to go back into the office? This is a critical challenge for the people who design office spaces for companies.

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Doctors Without Borders Treating COVID-19 Patients In Converted Tijuana Basketball Arena

May 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders are treating patients who have tested positive for the disease but who do not need to be in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Nurses Patricia Wegener (left) and Susan Davis ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Makes Telemedicine Mainstream, And It's Probably Here To Stay

May 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Advances in digital technology have been inching health care toward remote access for years — but now that doctors, health care workers and patients have seen its advantages, it may become standard practice.

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New SANDAG Analysis Finds Nearly 25% Of County Residents Are Unemployed

April 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

SANDAG found about 20%, or about 360,000 San Diego County residents, have lost their jobs since March 7 when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Borrego Springs Solar Plant generating power in...

The Urgent Question On Earth Day Remains How To Avoid The Consequences Of Climate Change

April 22
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

David Victor, a professor of international relations at the UC San Diego, believes technological innovation can help overcome the hurdle of the costs required for governments to take action.

The SANDAG logo is seen surrounded by the logos...

How Will The Coronavirus Impact San Diego County's Economy?

April 16
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

SANDAG, the regional body with representation from all 18 cities in San Diego County, published its first weekly report forecasting the potential impacts of the pandemic on the region's economy this week.

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How Has The Coronavirus Impacted San Diego's Housing Market?

April 14
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Spring is usually a busy time in the residential real estate market and 2020 was initially shaping up to be a bonanza for home sales in San Diego. But as the public health crisis around the COVID-19 virus has grown, new home listings have dropped from the same time last year by 27%.

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