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
8:22 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Culture War Cookbook, With Soup Recipes

Ed Markey and his wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, contribute a recipe called Mass-paragus Soup.
Winslow Townson AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:11 pm

Sometimes it feels like this country is so torn apart by political partisanship that people from the two major parties just cannot agree on anything — including food.

In an attempt to find commonalities, we are putting together recipes for a Culture War Cookbook. If folks from both sides of the aisle can sidle up to a table together and appreciate each other's victuals, maybe they can eventually learn to appreciate each other's viewpoints.

Rather than stew about them.

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The Protojournalist
2:50 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Civil Obedience: Defusing A Heated Moment

Protesters angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, July 16.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:43 am

America is showing its seams, its disunion.

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, a long, sweltering summer of protests and protestations is upon us. People with variegated viewpoints have taken to the streets and airwaves to vent. For some, the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman was the end of the story; for others it was the beginning.

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The Protojournalist
4:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Monsters On Magazine Covers: A Quick History

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013, issue of Rolling Stone.
Wenner Medi AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 2:41 pm

Responding to criticism of putting a photo of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine — a hallowed spot in American culture — the publication's editors posted an explanatory note on the website version of the story. It says: "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism."

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The Protojournalist
10:38 am
Fri July 19, 2013

5 Odd Things Named After Presidents

Roosevelt elk on a river gravel bar in Olympic National Park.
Picasa 3.0 Courtesy of the NPS

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:31 am

The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington was renamed for former President Bill Clinton this week. "President Clinton not only protected the environment, which saved thousands of lives," Sen.

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The Protojournalist
7:15 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The United Stats Of America

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 10:22 am

When the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played Tuesday night in New York, it will be a time to:

1) take a breath and celebrate America's dirt-and-grasseous pastime.

2) acknowledge that America has been invaded, infiltrated, overrun and is now overlorded by "statheads" — people who yearn to quantify everything.

Maybe it should be called the All-Stat Game.

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The Protojournalist
10:52 am
Fri July 12, 2013

The Last Telegram? STOP The Presses

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:19 am


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The Protojournalist
12:37 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Puzzlers' Convention: A Story In Two Puzzles

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:13 am

(The National Puzzlers' League prides itself on being able to solve all kinds of puzzles.

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Elevator Pitch: Why Care About Washington?

wbeem via Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:24 am

­­My friend Mark Leibovich — a New York Times reporter — has written a book about the inner watchworkings of Power Washington called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. Among the incestuous cognoscenti of the Capital City, This Town has more buzz than a top-bar beehive.

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The Protojournalist
11:09 am
Tue July 9, 2013

What's Next, A Preschool Of Law?

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:38 am

Perhaps you've seen the signs in your town: Preschool of the Arts.

There are variations in Ellington, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; Wilmington, N.C.; and other U.S. cities.

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

The Life Of Paula Deen: In A Four-Course Menu

Cooking show host Paula Deen visits FOX Studios in December.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 2:19 pm

Appetizer: Hogs In A Sleeping Bag

These hearty kielbasas, partially hidden in puff pastries, represent Paula Deen's first catering company The Bag Lady — begun in 1989. It offered "lunch and love" ... in a bag.

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