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
1:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Nice-Cycling: Giving Stuff Up For Good

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 2:49 pm

First there was recycling — reusing old material instead of throwing it away.

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The Protojournalist
2:15 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

The True Meaning Of The National Mall

A demonstrator glides past the Washington Monument, as prelude to the World Naked Bike Ride on June 9, 2007.
SAUL LOEB AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 10:10 am

On the National Mall: Though monuments and museums along the greenway are closed due to the federal shutdown, veterans are planning to march on Sunday and activists gathered last week to draw attention to immigration reform. On Oct.

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The Protojournalist
2:03 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Reddit And Reaped

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 3:28 pm

An exec summary — in cinquain — of the just-published Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian, co-creator of the website Reddit.


To startup folks:

"Make something people love,"

"Ignore thy competition" and

Write code.

The Protojournalist: A sandbox for reportorial innovation. @NPRtpj

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The Protojournalist
10:16 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Things Are Getting Ugly

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:41 am

Ugly is everywhere. There are Ugly Dog pageants, Ugly Sweater sites and Ugly Sofa contests. Taking Ugly-Faced selfies is an online phenomenon. Could ugly be the new beautiful?

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The Protojournalist
8:23 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The 1,000-Year Calendar: Mark These Dates

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:12 am

In the futuristic books, movies, songs and video games that abound, there is an overabundance of speculation about the distant future.

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5:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What Lurks Beneath The Earth's Surface

Shinichi Kuramoto of the Center for Deep Earth Exploration in Japan displays a replica of earthquake fault rock.

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 3:02 pm

Recently there has been an eruption of revelations from below the surface of the Earth: Major aquifers beneath Kenya and a vast volcano deep in the Pacific Ocean.

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The Protojournalist
6:55 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Haiku In The News: Parsing Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alexey Druzhinin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:21 am

"I think Putin is

doing the right things, Chris, but

for the wrong reasons."

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The Protojournalist
12:15 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Why Are Most Rampage Shooters Men?

A makeshift memorial hangs on a lamp post across the street from the Washington Navy Yard, on Sept. 20.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 1:29 pm

Aaron Alexis, the man who police say killed more than a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, has joined a heinous parade of mass murdering shooters, nearly all men.

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The Protojournalist
10:48 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Are There Too Many 'Hillionaires' In Washington?

House Oversight Committee chairman and megamillionaire Darrell Issa is reportedly worth more than $355 million.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 11:08 am

Capitol Hill is rife with rich people — "hillionaires," if you will.

Writing in The New York Times, Nicholas Carnes, a public policy professor at Duke University, points out that millionaires show up in only 3 percent of American families. But more than 60 percent of the Senate, most members of the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court — and the president himself — are millionaires.

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The Protojournalist
12:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Lingering Question From The Navy Yard

Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 12:59 pm

In the aftershocks of a mass shooting event — like the one that occurred Monday at the Navy Yard in Washington in which 12 victims and the gunman were killed — an inevitable question recurs: Does it make any difference to society's response — calls for more guns, calls for fewer guns, mental health arguments — if the gunman survives the event?

On The Spot

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