Katie Thornton

Community Media. History. Cemeteries. 
Stories bring it all together.



Hi! I'm Katie. I'm an award-winning journalist and Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, currently conducting research in England and Singapore for my Death in the Digital Age podcast and multimedia project. I am a cemetery researcher, public historian, audio storyteller, writer and photographer published by National Geographic, the BBC, National Public Radio, Atlas Obscura, and the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radio Stations. Previously, I developed all historical content (including self-guided audio tours for mobile), initiated community outreach via public programs, and managed social media assets for Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. I have operated a free tenants' rights hotline, established a high school radio class and broadcast program, worked a wrench at a community bike shop, and assisted with operations at multiple low-power FM stations nationwide.  From producing an audio story for the BBC about the environmental toll of our physical and digital graveyards to writing a 30+ page academic papers on turn-of-the-century amusement parks, I dedicate myself fully to the job at hand. I am a curious and practically minded dreamer with an eager enthusiasm for learning and doing.



Research. Interviewing. Line Editing. Copyediting. Script writing. Audio Editing. Reporting. Social Media. Account Management. Volunteer Management. Community Outreach. Community Organizing. Public Policy. Youth Engagement. Event Planning. Customer Service. Legal Support. Blogging. Writing. Transcribing. Technical Support. Database Management. Curriculum Design. Arts Management. Bookkeeping. Grant Writing. Conversational Mandarin Chinese. Wordpress, Drupal, Microsoft Office, Google Docs. Sewing. Bicycle Repair. Light Construction. Falling Off Skateboards. Making Radio About It.

Grants and Awards


Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Award (2019)

Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow (2018-2019)

Visiting Researcher at the University of York (2018-2019)

Visiting Scholar at the University of Bath (2018-2020)

Phi Beta Kappa Society (2014)

George G. and Carie C. Life Scholarship in American History (2015)

Oberlin College Creativity and Leadership Grant (2015)

Jerome Davis Research Award for travel to Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (2015)