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Megan Burbank

Reporter, Crosscut

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Megan Burbank is a writer and editor based in Seattle. Before going full-time freelance, she worked as an editor and reporter at The Portland Mercury and The Seattle Times. She specializes in enterprise reporting on reproductive health care access and abortion policy in the absence of Roe v. Wade, which she covers locally for Crosscut and nationally at outlets like NPR and The New Republic. Her work can also be found in The Stranger, Willamette Week, Teen Vogue, and daily papers, NPR affiliates, and alternative newsweeklies across the country.

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Scheduled Appearances


The New Abortion Underground

Saturday May 6

Details coming soon

Featuring: Megan Burbank, Judith Arcana
Equity track presented by Waldron

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The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

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Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.