Megan Cloherty

Megan Cloherty

Investigative Reporter

An award-winning journalist, Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts for WTOP.

In her investigative reporting, Megan focuses on following a thread in a storyline in the crimes she covers. Every crime has a backstory which led to the pivotal moment in the lives of those affected by violence.

As the co-creator and host of “22 Hours: An American Nightmare,” Megan and her colleague Jack Moore pieced together the details of the investigation into the 2015 torture and murder of a wealthy businessman, his wife, their 10-year-old son and their housekeeper found in a burning D.C. mansion. The 12-episode podcast, released in June 2019, reached No. 2 on the Apple Podcast charts and was chosen as Apple’s Best New Listens of 2019.

In May 2018, Megan won the regional Edward R. Murrow award for her investigative reporting on how law enforcement resources will change after dozens of children were abused by a Charles County, Maryland coach after investigators had sufficient evidence in-hand to file charges. The Alliance for Women in Media recognized Megan’s reporting on the national stage in 2017 for her reporting on the pattern of child homicides linked to a lack of childcare options for single mothers. Her reporting has also been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chesapeake Associated Press award which named Megan ‘Best Reporter’ three years in a row and ‘Best in Show’ in 2017.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Megan is a graduate of Walter Johnson High School and the University of Missouri where she studied Broadcast Journalism. She earned her master’s in Interactive Journalism at American University in 2012.

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