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Katie Thornton

Award-winning independent journalist making historically-informed podcasts and essays, highlighting the intrigue of the everyday.
Member since 2018


  • Minneapolis, MN

Contact Katie

  • Producing
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Writing

About Katie

I am an award-winning independent journalist, 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, and multimedia producer. My writing, audio, and photos have been published by National Geographic, the BBC, National Public Radio, 99% Invisible, Atlas Obscura, and 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 spectacle of early American urbanization, 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 spaces in case they're unlocked, seeking out the historical oddities hidden among our built environment, or falling off my skateboard at the local park (and making radio about it).

Katie's Portfolio



  • Audio Engineering
  • Field Recording
  • Grant Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Producing
  • Reporting
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Story Editing
  • Voiceover


  • Recording Studio
  • Hindenburg
  • Specialized mics
  • Camera