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Katie Thornton

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Peabody-winning independent producer, journalist, and Fulbright Fellow making historically informed podcasts and essays, focusing on stories that have been ignored and forgotten.
Member since 2018


  • Minneapolis, MN

Contact Katie

  • Fact Checking
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Voice
  • Writing
  • Teaching

About Katie

I am a Peabody-winning independent journalist, Fulbright Fellow, and multimedia producer. I reported, wrote, produced, and hosted the multi-award-winning miniseries The Divided Dial with WNYC’s On the Media. My audio, writing, and photos have been published by 99% Invisible, the BBC, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, WNYC, Minnesota Public Radio, National Geographic, Altas Obscura, and many others. As a storyteller, my background in historical research informs all my work—from explorations of how and where we remember the dead, to the classism and racism hidden in plain sight in our built environments, to our present-day food, sport, and culture. When I'm not producing, you can find me getting intentionally lost in familiar and unfamiliar places alike, turning door handles in public places in case they're unlocked, or falling off my skateboard at the local park (and making radio about it).

Katie's Portfolio



  • Story Editing
  • Social Media
  • Show Development
  • Research
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Mentoring
  • Marketing
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Interviewing
  • Hosting
  • Grant Writing
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Fact Checking
  • Budgeting
  • Booking
  • Audio Engineering
  • Voiceover


  • Recording Studio
  • Specialized mics (Rode NTG2 shotgun mic and pistol grip, Beyerdynamic m58)
  • Hindenburg Journalist Pro
  • Zoom H5
  • FujiFilm X100T Camera
  • Descript

Previous Work

  • Public Historian at Lakewood Cemetery
  • KFAI-FM at Underwriting Manager