Megan Twohey

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Megan Twohey
Portrait of Megan Twohey at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
Twohey at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
Alma materGeorgetown University
Awards2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (named contributor)

Megan Twohey (/ˈti/)[1] is an American journalist with The New York Times. She has written investigative reports for Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.[2] Twohey's investigative reports have exposed exploitative doctors, revealed untested rape kits, and uncovered a secret underground network of abandoned unwanted adopted children.[3] Her investigative reports have led to criminal convictions and helped prompt new laws aimed at protecting vulnerable people and children.[4]

On October 5, 2017, Twohey and fellow New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor published a report about Harvey Weinstein detailing decades of sexual abuse allegations, and more than 80 women publicly accused Weinstein of sexually abusing or assaulting them.[5] This led to Weinstein's firing and helped to ignite the viral #MeToo movement started by the American activist Tarana Burke.[5][6] That work was honored in 2018, when The New York Times was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[7] Kantor and Twohey won the George Polk award and were named to Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people of the year. Twohey and Kantor subsequently authored a book which chronicled their report about Weinstein, titled She Said. The book was published in 2019, and adapted into a film of the same name in 2022. In addition to winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Twohey was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2014.[2][8]


Twohey is from Evanston, Illinois.[2] She went to Evanston Township High School, and graduated from Georgetown University in 1998.[9] Twohey's parents were both involved in news media; her mother Mary Jane Twohey produced news for television and her father John Twohey was an editor for the Chicago Tribune. Twohey initially joined The New York Times in 2016 to investigate Donald Trump's tax history, possible business ties to Russia, and his past treatment of women.[10] Twohey is currently a regular contributor for The New York Times.[2]

Investigative reports[edit]

Untested rape kits[edit]

In 2009, Twohey reported in the Chicago Tribune that several suburban police departments around Chicago were not submitting all rape kits for testing.[11] In the following year, Illinois became the first U.S. state to require every rape kit be tested, and many other states in the U.S. followed soon after.[12][13]

Predatory doctors[edit]

From 2010 to 2011, Twohey published a series of articles in the Chicago Tribune detailing cases of doctors who had been convicted of violent felonies or sex crimes and were still practicing and abusing patients.[14] Her reporting has been credited for leading to new legislation and policies in Illinois aimed at protecting patients, for example requiring background checks for healthcare providers.[15][16]

Abandoned children[edit]

In 2013, Twohey published an investigative report in Reuters News that detailed how some people in the United States were using the internet to find places to abandon their adopted children.[17] Several segments of this story were broadcast on the Nightly News and the Today Show on NBC.[4] She received a Sydney Award and the Michael Kelly Award for her work revealing these underground networks.[4][18] Twohey was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for this work.[8]

Donald Trump[edit]

In 2016, Twohey and Michael Barbaro published several investigative pieces to The New York Times about sexual misconduct by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.[19][10] She continued to report on the incidents into 2017.[20] Trump threatened to sue The New York Times if they did not take down the articles.[21] The articles stayed up.[22]

Weinstein sexual abuse[edit]

On October 5, 2017, Twohey and Jodi Kantor co-wrote a New York Times exposé on sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. Twohey said they were encouraged to investigate untold stories, and that Dean Baquet, executive editor, and Rebecca Corbett, head of investigative projects, had supported them even though Weinstein had threatened to sue The New York Times, and the exposé risked hurting advertising money.[23] Twohey and Kantor had two in-person meetings with Weinstein. Twohey, Kantor, and Corbett also had multiple conversations with Weinstein's lawyers and publicists.[24] A follow-up piece with fellow reporter Ellen Gabler added more allegations and expanded the Weinstein timeline.[25] Twohey said it was an emotional experience when she began seeing friends and family using the #MeToo on her social media feed in the aftermath of the Weinstein allegations.[26] Jezebel announced in 2018 Twohey and Kantor were publishing an international book, set to be published in Spring 2019, based on their investigation that would reveal more about what happened.[27] They received a Sidney Award for their exposé. They were also given L.A. Press Club's Inaugural Impact Award and the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the Grady College of Journalism.[28][29] The New York Times won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for Twohey's and Jodi Kantor's reporting, sharing the award with Ronan Farrow at The New Yorker,[30] as well as the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award for Investigative business journalism.[31]

She Said[edit]

Twohey and Kantor authored a book which chronicled their exposé into Weinstein and the structures of power that enabled him, titled She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement, which was published by Penguin Books in September 2019.[32] In 2022, the book was adapted into a film of the same name. The film is directed by Maria Schrader from a screenplay by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Twohey is played by Carey Mulligan.[33]

Suicide forum investigation[edit]

Starting in 2021, Twohey and Gabriel Dance have been publishing articles in The New York Times about a website operated in the United States that extra-legally facilitates suicide. They found the website is situated within a broader, network of forums which encourage misogynistic violence. According to Twohey and Dance, the website primarily promotes an obscure suicide method involving ingestion of a meat preservative. Twohey and Dance found those involved with the website have encouraged the suicides of reported individuals with curable conditions, including a young man who was coaxed into suicide after only a minor stomach ailment.[34]

Twohey and Dance found that the recovery subforum on the site was a ruse, as they reported a founder told prospective members they would not be allowed to join only to use that subforum. The reporters state part of their investigation was uncovering the full names of the founders of the site, which were later republished by many other media outlets. They named the creators of the website as Diego Galante and Lamarcus Small, who both self-describe as "blackpilled" incels.[34] Twohey and Dance mention how site founders and staff coordinated to conceal the forum activities from law enforcement and also helped with preparations for user suicides. Twohey and Dance reported they found the identities of 50 people who died in connection to the website,[35] including children.[34]

Transgender healthcare[edit]

In November 2022, a piece co-written by Twohey for The New York Times came under sharp criticism from medical experts and trans activists for its criticizing the use of puberty blockers to treat trans youth.[36] The World Professional Association for Transgender Health published a statement in response calling the article "misinformation about the science behind the care of trans youth",[37] and Science-Based Medicine released a piece addressing the article, saying that "the reporting ignored evidence and important context to weave a narrative portraying puberty blockers as far more risky than they actually are".[38]

Chase Strangio of the ACLU pointed to the article as an example of how media rhetoric fuels anti-trans violence.[39]

Slate magazine described the piece as "fearmongering", and noted that it "does not seem to trust the medical consensus view",[40] while many trans voices were quoted by Fox News as referring to the piece as a "moral panic piece" and "anti-trans propaganda".[41] Teen Vogue sharply criticized the authors of the article themselves, noting that "they fail to meaningfully investigate the most compelling reason why medical providers consider puberty blockers in trans and gender diverse youth: These medications save lives" and saying that the article itself "could further marginalize a population that is already medically vulnerable and politically under siege".[42]

Personal life[edit]

Her father John Twohey is a journalist[43][44] who was Chicago Times magazine editorial director in 1989,[45] joined the Chicago Tribune in 1977, after serving for five years as design director of The Washington Post. Earlier in his career, he served as press secretary for Sargent Shriver's 1972 Democratic vice presidential run and for Senator Fred R. Harris (D-Okla.).[46] Megan's mother Mary Jane Twohey worked as a Congressional aide and as a news producer at WETA-TV in Washington, D.C. before serving for many years as a spokesperson and media-relations manager for Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Twohey's husband, Jim Rutman, is a literary agent.[47][48][49]


  1. ^ Twohey, Megan (September 15, 2020). "A Deadly Tinderbox". The Daily (Podcast). The New York Times. Event occurs at 0:00. Retrieved October 4, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Megan Twohey". The New York Times. January 12, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  3. ^ GmbH, "CJF to present Special Citation to New York Times reporters who broke Harvey Weinstein story". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Megan Twohey | The Michael Kelly Award". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "NYT reporters on breaking Harvey Weinstein story, #MeToo "reckoning"". NBC News. December 19, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Kantor, Jodi; Twohey, Megan (October 5, 2017). "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  7. ^ LaForme, Ren (April 16, 2018). "Here are the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes". Poynter. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Finalist: Megan Twohey of Reuters". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Alumni US | Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Metro Area". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Twohey, Megan; Barbaro, Michael (October 12, 2016). "Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Twohey, Megan. "Dozens of rape kits not submitted for testing by Chicago suburban police departments". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Megan Twohey. "Illinois to test every rape kit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Illinois | ENDTHEBACKLOG". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Doctors operate unchecked". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  15. ^ Twohey, Megan (March 2, 2011). "Legislation puts medical licenses of sex offenders in cross hairs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sex offenders barred from health care". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Reuters Investigates - The Child Exchange". Reuters. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Megan Twohey Wins October Sidney for Exposing America's Underground Market for Adopted Children". Hillman Foundation. October 9, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  19. ^ Barbaro, Michael; Twohey, Megan (May 14, 2016). "Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Twohey, Megan (November 1, 2017). "Trump's Female Accusers Feel Forgotten. A Lawsuit May Change That". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "The New York Times's Lawyer Responds to Donald Trump". The New York Times. October 13, 2016. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  22. ^ Rappeport, Alan (October 13, 2016). "Donald Trump Threatens to Sue The Times Over Article on Unwanted Advances". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
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  24. ^ "How These Two Women Finally Exposed Harvey Weinstein". Marie Claire. October 23, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  25. ^ Astor, Maggie (December 7, 2017). "2 Times Reporters Will Write Book on Sexual Abuse Scandals". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  26. ^ Lang, Brent (December 13, 2017). "How New York Times Reporters Broke Hollywood's Biggest Sexual Harassment Story". Variety. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  27. ^ Cills, Hazel. "Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Who Broke the Weinstein Story, Will Publish Book Internationally". Jezebel. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  28. ^ "Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey win November Sidney for exposing Weinstein harassment & Hollywood complicity". Hillman Foundation. November 8, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  29. ^ "The New York Times reporters receive 2018 McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage - Grady College". Grady College. March 6, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  30. ^ "The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow". Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  31. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2018 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". PR Newswire. June 25, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  32. ^ Kantor, Jodi; Twohey, Megan (September 10, 2019). She Said: Breaking the sexual harassment story that helped ignite a movement. [S.l.]: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0525560340. OCLC 1090752916.
  33. ^ Ford, Rebecca (October 10, 2022). "The "Sacred Duty" of She Said". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  34. ^ a b c Twohey, Megan; Dance, Gabriel J. X. (December 9, 2021). "Where the Despairing Log On, and Learn Ways to Die". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  35. ^ Twohey, Megan; Dance, Gabriel J. X. (February 4, 2022). "Lawmakers Press Amazon on Sales of Chemical Used in Suicides". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  36. ^ Rook, Erin. "Reckless NY Times reporting fuels disinformation about trans youth".
  37. ^ "USPATH and WPATH Respond to NY Times Article "They Paused Puberty, But Is There a Cost?" published on November 14, 2022" (PDF).
  38. ^ Eckert, AJ. "What the New York Times gets wrong about puberty blockers for transgender youth".
  39. ^ Glassman, Julia. "Leading Trans Rights Lawyer Explains Why NYT's 'Fixation With Trans People' Leads to 'Shootings and Bomb Threats'".
  40. ^ Urquhart, Evan (November 17, 2022). "The NYT's Big Piece on Puberty Blockers Mucked Up the Most Important Point About Them".
  41. ^ Wulfsohn, Joseph. "The New York Times story on puberty blockers fuels critics amid trans debate: 'Decade late on this story'". Fox News.
  42. ^ Duffy, Kaiyti. "Recent Anti-Trans Articles Miss the Point of Gender-Affirming Care".
  43. ^ "Bylines". American Journalism Review - Archives. January–February 1992. Retrieved January 31, 2023. The Chicago Tribune shuffles its staff to improve arts coverage under Associate M.E. John Twohey.
  44. ^ Miner, Michael (October 5, 1989). "A Reporter on the Heart Beat; Return to the Tribune". Chicago Reader.
  45. ^ Miner, Michael (May 5, 1988). "'Chicago Times' Reaches for the Cutting Edge; Nicole Drieske Goes Public; Harry Golden". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 31, 2023. John Twohey, a former editor of the Chicago Tribune Magazine
  46. ^ "Tribune Media Services Exec John Twohey to Step Down". Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  47. ^ "Jim Rutman". Poets & Writers. June 11, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  48. ^ Malatesta, Mark (January 20, 2022). "Jim Rutman Literary Agent Sterling Lord Literistic". literary-agents. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  49. ^ "Our Team". Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Retrieved January 31, 2023. He has been with SLL since 1998.

External links[edit]

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