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, Washingtonpost.com. 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.

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The Protojournalist
11:15 am
Tue October 15, 2013

How To Build Trust From Mistrust

House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with members of Congress at the White House on Sept. 3.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 1:31 pm

Looking beyond the shutdown and debt ceiling stalemates, CNN's John King said on TV Monday night that distrust among all parties in Washington is "deep and multilayered."

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The Protojournalist
11:21 am
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 11:10 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
11:13 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Reddit And Reaped

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:28 pm

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

Advice

To startup folks:

"Make something people love,"

"Ignore thy competition" and

Write code.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The 1,000-Year Calendar: Mark These Dates

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:12 pm

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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The Protojournalist
4:02 pm
Sat September 28, 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.
TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA AFP/Getty Images

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
11:13 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Haiku In The News: Parsing Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alexey Druzhinin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:21 pm

"I think Putin is

doing the right things, Chris, but

for the wrong reasons."

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
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 2:29 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
11:13 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 12:08 pm

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
11:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

A Lingering Question From The Navy Yard

Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 1:59 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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The Protojournalist
11:14 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Never-Ending Stories: Commerce Versus Conservation

A lone bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near where fracking has become standard practice.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 12:13 pm

Writing in the Washington Post recently, Darryl Fears points out that sometime during September, the U.S.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Haiku In The News: The New $100 Bill

Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:24 pm

"It's certainly one

of the most valuable

bills to counterfeit."

Currency expert Ben Mazzotta of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, speaking to CBSMiami/CNN about the U.S. Treasury Department's efforts to create a newly designed $100 note that is more difficult to replicate.

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11:13 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Customization Of You — And Everything Else

NPR

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 12:16 pm

While reading this story on the customization of everything, YOU would discover that it's even possible these days to make yourself the subject of an NPR news story on customization.

In other words, you are reading the story that you are co-writing – about yourself.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Quick Question: Can Only The Rich Be President?

Donald Trump says he is considering running for president in 2016.
Robin Marchant Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 1:31 pm

Do you have to be rich to be president of the United States of America?

Donald Trump told ABC News recently that he might run for president in 2016 and that he is qualified because, among other reasons, he has amassed a net worth of more than $10 billion. "I'd spend a lot" on a campaign, he says. "I'd spend whatever it took."

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11:13 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Falling Out Of Love With President Obama

President Obama discusses Syria options in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday.
The White House Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 2:20 pm

With confrontation in Syria looming, uncertainties about new health care rules arising, evidence of privacy invasion emerging and other generally unsettling issues swirling around, people's feelings about President Obama are all over the map.

Some folks on Facebook — and a number of other Americans — who were at one time supporters of the president are full of questions.

"Before triggering more bloodshed and war in Syria, why not work to get Assad indicted by The Hague," writes one politically involved Virginian who worked his tail off for Obama in 2008.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers

Poppy mallow.
W.D and Dolphia Bransford Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

For variegated reasons – urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness – wildflowers in America are vanishing.

Which is a shame.

In Texas, for instance, bloomspotting in the vast expanse of the Lone Starscape can be like birdwatching. Amid the dun and dust of desert and field, flora can surprise, delight, astonish.

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11:13 am
Sat August 31, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of Slackers

iStock

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 12:15 pm

As we pause this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the Great American Worker, we can't help but wonder: Whatever happened to the Great American Slacker?

It wasn't that long ago that slackers ruled the earth. OK, maybe ruled is a bit over the top because slackers, by definition, didn't really rule — or try very hard or take full responsibility. Whatever. But they sure were omnipresent there for a while.

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11:13 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Elevator Pitch: Contrarian Entrepreneurs

iStock

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value is a just-published book about the perils and rewards of being a self-starter.

Written by Daniel Isenberg, who teaches at Babson Global, and published by Harvard Business Review, the work has received some serious notices and blurbs.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed August 28, 2013

NeverEnding Stories: Chemical Warfare

iStock

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:45 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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11:13 am
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 4:08 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: protojournalist@npr.org. You could win a Protojournalist Prizepak.)

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11:13 am
Mon August 26, 2013

What Is Going No? Negativity In America

NPR Photoillustration

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 2:47 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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