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
2:10 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Haiku In The News: Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon on Saturday in London, England.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 4:13 am

"Novak Djokovic

reached the Wimbledon final

with a five-set win."

From a caption on

Submitted by: Ryan Eshleman, who listens to NPR on 90.7 WMRA in Harrisonburg, Va.

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The Protojournalist
2:09 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Elevator Pitch: To Abolish The U.S. Constitution

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 5:40 am

Asked to make a 30-second case for On Constitutional Disobedience — his 2013 book that advocates abolishing the U.S. Constitution — Louis Michael Seidman, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, says:

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The Protojournalist
4:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Haiku In The News: First Lady Poet

Former first lady Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:33 am

"On the other hand

"We get to work on what we're

"Passionate about."

From remarks by first lady Michelle Obama, appearing with former first lady Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on July 2.

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The Protojournalist
12:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The 'Sex Change' Operation For Cats

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 10:24 am

Like a circus parade, the cutting-edge pet stories just keep coming.

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The Protojournalist
10:57 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Planning For The Apocalypse: One Necessity

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 10:13 am

You've seen the lists of Things to Hoard Before the Apocalypse.

Nearly every survivalist checklist includes fresh water and nonperishable food. Gold is on a lot of lists. As well as weapons.

For visionary Joel Garreau, one of the most important items that many preppers forget is ... toilet paper.

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The Protojournalist
10:41 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Haiku In The News: NASCAR Style

Danica Patrick at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky.
Chris Trotman Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 10:33 am

"Plenty of people

Say bad things about me. I

See it on Twitter."

— NASCAR driver Danica Patrick responding to criticism, according to UPI.

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The Protojournalist
8:13 am
Mon July 1, 2013

3 Ways To Revamp The National Threat Strategy

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 4:33 am

"We're undergoing a cultural change in this country, brought on by the communications revolution and the capabilities that we now have, and with the coming of the social media," Bob Schieffer of CBS News said recently at a high-powered forum on PRISM, the National Security Agency's program for monitoring telecommunications traffic in the United States.

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The Protojournalist
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Weird Public Library Stuff: Check It Out

Olivia, a 5-year-old Angolan colobus monkey, at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:04 am

Sure, at certain public libraries around the country you can check out ebooks and audiobooks and DVDs and iPads and Nooks and Kindles. Paintings to hang on your walls at home? Yep. Bridal magazines? Yep, those too. You can also check out a bunch of strange stuff, including:

1) A fishing pole from the Erie County Public Library in Erie, Pa.

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The Protojournalist
4:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Obama Report Card: Best And Worst


Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:43 am

Arguably, Barack Obama is the best president in American history, says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, because Obama "has managed to do what no African-American ...

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The Protojournalist
10:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Colonial America's Oldest Unsolved Murder

Preservation Virginia (Jamestown Rediscovery Project)

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:51 am

When archaeologists in Virginia uncovered the skeletal remains in 1996 of one of Jamestown's first settlers — a young European male designated as JR102C in the catalog — they said he was the victim in what was perhaps Colonial America's oldest unsolved murder.

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