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.



Wed January 15, 2014
The Protojournalist

Quick Question: Time To Leave Smokers Alone?

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 3:48 pm

Fifty years ago this month, the landmark U.S. Surgeon General's report linking cigarette smoking and lung cancer was released.

Over the past half-century, America has become more and more inhospitable to people who smoke — and to tobacco companies. In a recent statement, the Department of Health and Human Services declares its desire "to make the next generation tobacco-free."

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Sat January 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:09 pm

.sarahwynne. Flickr

Music. It's been there with us from the beginning — sometimes in the background, sometimes centerstage. We listen. We sing. We play along. We compose. We remember.

We are a species deep into music. And the music is deep into us — especially those of us at NPR, where music is an essential element of everyday existence.

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Wed January 8, 2014
The Protojournalist

Can Amazon's Jeff Bezos Save Planet Earth?

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:07 pm

Jeff Bezos.
David Ryder Getty Images

Look. Up in the sky — and in that little package with the A-to-Z logo. It's a bird. It's a plane.

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Fri December 20, 2013
The Protojournalist

Have Yourself A Tacky Little Christmas

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 9:55 am

Solid Color Neckties

Maybe it all started with ugly Christmas sweaters. Or with cheesy inflatable Santas. Or hideously inappropriate tree ornaments. But Christmastime – at least its visible trappings and accoutrements – seems to be getting tackier.

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Thu December 19, 2013
The Protojournalist

100 Years Of Solvitude: A Reported Crossword Puzzle

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 2:17 pm

Word-Cross creator, 1938.

Created by a British-American wordsmith, the very first Word-Cross appeared in the New York World on Dec. 21, 1913.

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