2021WTOP_MeganCloherty_29SEPT0006-300x300Megan Cloherty

Investigative Reporter

An award-winning journalist, Megan Cloherty is WTOP’s investigative reporter and co-host of the daily news podcast, ‘DMV Download.’

In her ten years at WTOP, Megan has primarily covered breaking news, crime and courts. Before transitioning her career to radio, Megan was a local tv reporter and anchor in Oregon and Missouri, and freelanced for CNN Newsource in Washington, D.C.

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 murder of a wealthy businessman, his wife, their 10-year-old son and their housekeeper who firefighters discovered tortured inside 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 scarce law enforcement resources in Maryland allowed for the abuse of more children in Charles County as damning evidence against an abusive coach sat unprocessed. The Alliance for Women in Media recognized Megan’s reporting 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 earned a National Headliner Award in 2020 and the Chesapeake Associated Press Association named Megan ‘Best Reporter’ four times 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. Megan lives with her husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 

luke_garrett-300x300Luke Garrett

Associate Producer

Luke Garrett is a D.C. native dedicated to journalism. He’s the co-host of the WTOP daily news podcast, ‘DMV Download,’ and the co-creator, host and producer of the original WTOP podcast, “Is It Normal Yet?!” The podcast debuted in 2021 and takes a weekly look at how the D.C. region is dealing with coronavirus.

He joined the WTOP newsroom in 2020 after graduating from the University of San Diego, where he studied physics and philosophy. He also led the student newspaper, The USD Vista, as Editor in Chief and covered the college admission scandal and student government. During his senior year, Luke reported on public safety as an intern at The San Diego Union-Tribune and went on to work for a Southern Californian wire service covering fires, shootings, police protests and the coronavirus pandemic.

When outside the newsroom, Luke enjoys singing with his six-string and surfing whenever East Coast conditions allow.