JAMES NORTON | 3515 31st Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406

jrnorton at gmail dot com


Wherever there is good journalism to be done — in print, on the radio, on the Web, or in book form — I’m interested in getting involved.


Food Writer
Dec. 2006 — Present

Founded and edits the Heavy Table (, a daily gastronomic magazine for the Upper Midwest

Plans, researches, and writes books including The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food (2013) and Lake Superior Flavors (2014) | Blogger and Vlogger
2007-August 2013

Daily video blogger for, conceiving, shooting, editing, and publishing five three-minute or shorter videos a week to YouTube and CHOW for an audience of more than 15,000 subscribers.

Blogged for, and had a weekly column for CHOW since August, 2007 through early 2012

The Al Franken Show | Senior Producer
Dec. 2005 — Feb. 2007

Oversaw booking for a daily political talk radio show

Consulted with senior staff on hiring and programming decisions

The Al Franken Show | Research Director
March 2004 — April 2005

Researched political and media-related queries on tight daily deadlines

Booked and pre-interviewed guests

Wrote script elements including top-of-the-hour billboards

Briefed hosts on breaking news, original research, and upcoming guests

Created the quiz show segment “Wait, Wait… Don’t Lie to Me”

The Christian Science Monitor | Middle East Editor
Jan. 2002 — Feb. 2004

Commissioned and edited international news stories

Helped shape coverage of hotspots including Iraq and Afghanistan

Traveled to Amman, Jerusalem, and the West Bank

Wrote book reviews and “briefing pages” on complex issues

Vetted story pitches and edited copy from staff and freelance writers stationed throughout the Middle East

The Christian Science Monitor | Online News Editor
2000 — Jan. 2002

Coordinated online coverage of the 2000 presidential election

Co-created the Terrorism and Security Daily Update

Commissioned, created, and edited value-adds for print edition stories

Made news judgments for the frontpage

Created and wrote a semi-regular column called “The Digital Pilgrim”

The Daily Cardinal | Editor in Chief
May 1997 — May 1998

Supervised student staff of 12 editors and more than 50 writers

Initiated daily post-mortem of newspaper content, semi-annual personnel reviews and online classifieds

Transferred distribution duties from business to editorial staff to ensure reliable delivery


Co-Author and Editor of Minnesota Lunch: From Pasties to Banh Mi
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011.

Led a team of four writers and two photographers to tell cultural and historical stories of Minnesota through the vehicles of eleven different sandwiches and other casual folk foods

Co-Author of The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Press. Madison, 2009.

Conducted interviews with and wrote profiles of more than 40 Wisconsin cheesemakers for a coffee table book about the state’s cheese industry.

Author of Saving General Washington
Tarcher/Penguin. New York, 2006.

Researched and wrote an upcoming non-fiction book that uses the lives and political ideas of the Founding Fathers to critique the policies of the Bush White House.

Flak Magazine | Founder and Editor
1998 — 2008

Created and co-edits a daily online magazine that, at its peak, had more than 250,000 unique monthly visitors. PC Magazine named Flak one of its Top 100 Undiscovered Sites, and the Detroit Free Press called it “a highly regarded Web site devoted to cultural criticism”

Author of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Advocate of Government by Consent
Rosen Publishing. New York, 2005.

Wrote a short intellectual biography of Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau for younger readers

The Christian Science Monitor | Modern Parenthood blogger
August 2013-Present

Contributes 3-4 posts per week to’s Modern Parenthood blog

The Christian Science Monitor | Online Debater

Debated former Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson for each night of the 2004 Republican and Democratic conventions and two of the three presidential debates


Graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Winner of the 2005 William Wesley Young Award from the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association

Winner of a 2010 Midwest Book Award for The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin


Available upon request