Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks joined NPR in the summer of 2008, as its national correspondent for Digital News. He immediately hit the campaign trail, covering the Democratic and Republican National Conventions; fact-checking the debates; and exploring the candidates, the issues and the electorate.

Weeks is originally from Tennessee, and graduated from Rhodes College in 1976. He was the founding editor of Southern Magazine in 1986. The magazine was bought — and crushed — in 1989 by Time-Warner. In 1990, he was named managing editor of The Washington Post's Sunday magazine. Four years later, he became the first director of the newspaper's website, From 1995 until 2008, he was a staff writer in the Style section of The Washington Post.

He currently lives in a suburb of Washington with the artist Jan Taylor Weeks. In 2009, they created The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation to honor their beloved sons.


The Protojournalist
3:08 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

NeverEnding Stories: Chemical Warfare


Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:45 pm

While exploring the archives of American newspapers, I discovered a chilling interview — conducted more than 100 years ago — with a creator of chemical weapons.

The story, which appeared in the Atlanta Constitution on Feb. 4, 1912, was buried deep in the paper. The British chemist is not named; nor is the reporter.

Its relevance to contemporary news is remarkable.

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The Protojournalist
4:05 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Haiku In The News: The Cyrus Family

Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images for MTV

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:08 pm

"Continue to pray

For world peace ... more love, less hate."

— Billy Ray Cyrus

A father's tweet following a recent dance recital by his daughter, Miley.

(If you find examples of Haiku in the News, please send them to: You could win a Protojournalist Prizepak.)

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The Protojournalist
1:13 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

What Is Going No? Negativity In America

NPR Photoillustration

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 1:47 pm

No, no, no.

A wave of negativism rolls across the land. Many Americans are against instead of for. They would rather stop than start, subtract than add, demolish than build.

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The Protojournalist
4:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chris Christie, Rock Star

Two New Jersey rock stars hang together — Jon Bon Jovi and Gov. Chris Christie — at a Hurricane Sandy relief fund press conference on July 8.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:29 pm

"He was swarmed as he

made his way through the lobby ...

He was a rock star."

New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos speaking to National Review Online about potential 2016 presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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The Protojournalist
1:37 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Quick Question: Can Baseball Stop Retaliation?

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is hit by a pitch in a game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston on Sunday.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:37 am

Could Major League Baseball abolish retaliation if it chose to?

A recent Protojournalist Instant Conversation, Baseball Danger, addressed the perils of a Major League Baseball pitcher hurling hard balls at a batter in retaliation for some action – a stolen base, a home run, etc. It has long been accepted behavior.

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The Protojournalist
7:26 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Pondering Black And White In A Colorful World

Ken Bohn San Diego Zoo

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 1:36 pm

Weird, really, that some animals and plants are marked in black and white.

They exist in the multihued landscape like old photos in a Technicolor movie. And they stick out like Rorschachs on a rainbow.

But there is beauty in their plainness. Clarity in their starkness. And often mystery in their evolutionary motion.

Take the giant panda, for instance.

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The Protojournalist
8:10 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

The 2016 'Invisible Primary' — Made Visible

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana speaks to the National Rifle Association in Houston in May. Could he really be a surprise contender in the Invisible Primary?
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 1:41 pm

The hotly contested 2012 presidential election hasn't cooled off yet and Donald Trump has already made a pilgrimage to Iowa. Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are asking people to choose between them. Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pulling for Paul.

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The Protojournalist
7:37 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Can Adhesive Bandages Be Racist?


Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 1:26 pm

Living in Malawi, Rachel Marie Stone — an American teaching in a seminary — has realized that most adhesive bandages are the peachy, apricottish color of her Caucasian skin.

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The Protojournalist
7:28 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Culture War Cookbook: Drinks For Two

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:15 am

The divide between creationists and evolutionists is wide and woolly. But surely there is something the two sides could agree on.

Perhaps they could agree on two sides. Or two entrees. Or two drinks, for that matter.

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The Protojournalist
11:29 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Baseball Danger: An Instant Conversation

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals gestures toward the pitcher after being hit by a pitch in a game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

Starter: You know, with all the talk in recent years of "bounty hits" — tackles designed to knock opposing players out of professional football games — among players in the NFL, it may be easy to forget that professional baseball players have a similar system that, in a way, could be even more dangerous: It's called retaliation.

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