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
9:37 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Xtreme Goes Mainstream

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 1:53 am

Does extreme mean anything anymore? Take the X Games. When the competitions began in 1995, the idea of defying gravity with skate- and snowboards was fringey and far out. Now the X games seem to come around every month or so. Snowboarder Shaun White has chewing gum named for him. Extreme weather happens nearly every day. Political extremists get elected all the time.

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The Protojournalist
11:05 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chinese Food

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 21, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:37 pm

"How much of China

Owning our food supply is

Enough, is too much?"

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), commenting on the proposed sale of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods to Chinese-owned Shuanghui on CNBC, June 20, 2013

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The Protojournalist
10:21 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Microscholarships: An Instant Conversation

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 3:45 pm

Starter: Yeah, have you heard of this new group in San Francisco called Raise Labs?

Explainer: It's all about microfunding for scholarships. High-schoolers sign up and if they make good grades and participate in certain school and community activities, they earn college-scholarship money along the way.

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The Protojournalist
10:03 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Online Tracking: Is Everyone Doing It?

Gabriel Weinberg is the founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo.
Courtesy of Duck Duck Go

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 1:48 pm

Today's phrase: "search engines that do not collect personal information."

We Googled it this morning (with the quotation marks) and got one measly hit — a 2012 forum in LinuxQuestions, a message board that explores the open-source operating system.

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The Protojournalist
9:12 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Obama In Berlin

Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 12:24 pm

"Citizens who choose ...

To be defined by a wall,

or ... to tear it down. "

From Remarks by President Obama at the Brandenburg Gate. June 19, 2013.


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The Protojournalist
7:26 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Scandalgate: A DIY, All-Purpose News Story

Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:13 am

Good grief.

Scandals seem to swarm around American presidents like yellow jackets around a state park picnic table.

In fact, administration after administration has spent its second term swatting away falsehoods — and true tales — of miscreancy.

And so patterns have emerged. This happens, then that happens and eventually — well, you know how it works.

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The Protojournalist
7:16 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Betting On 'Table Stakes'

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 10:23 am

In the poker world, table stakes is a term that puts a limit on bets. In other worlds, it usually connotes the basic necessities. The table stakes for a baseball player: a ball, a bat and a glove.

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The Protojournalist
11:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

A History Of The World — In One-Liners

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md.
Pete Marovich Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 11:10 am

Speaking to the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Conference on Saturday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — in a speech broadcast on C-SPAN — let loose a barrage of bons mots aimed at President Obama and political Washington.

Now that Fox News has re-signed Palin as a commentator, we will likely be hearing a lot more one-liners from the Wit of Wasilla.

In this Twitter Age, in which brevity = wit, we are witnessing the expanding power of one-liners. And the drawbacks.

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Sun June 16, 2013

World's Shortest Business Brief: The Smoffice

The World's Smallest Office competition is over. But will the Smoffice create jobs?

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Sat June 15, 2013

The Love Song Of Ollie Cantos

Linton Weeks NPR

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:08 am

Ollie Cantos – blind his whole life – has a law degree and has worked in the White House. He's overcome self-doubts, prejudices, naysayers and countless unforeseen – and unseen – obstacles to get to this point. Not content, he's hoping to adopt teenage triplets — Leo, Nick and Steven — also blind. "My whole life has changed. I live for these guys," says Ollie, 42, who lives in Arlington, Va., and works for the federal government.

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