Caitlin Thompson

Caitlin Thompson is's executive editor.

During the 2012 election, she served as WNYC's political editor, overseeing the award-winning interactive site It's A Free Country as well as the New York political blog The Empire.

Caitlin covered the 2006 and 2008 elections for The Washington Post, where she produced the daily Post Politics Podcast and Citizen K Street, an investigative series on the rise of lobbying. From there, Caitlin went on the campaign trail for TIME, where she profiled the McCain campaign’s resurgence in New Hampshire, the Barackstar effect and how to eat a Huckaburger, among other stories. Caitlin graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and is the titleholder of the women’s tennis team’s pizza eating contest. You can follow her on Twitter @caitlin_thomps.

Caitlin Thompson appears in the following:

Roxane Gay: The Bad Feminist's Guide to Enjoying Hip Hop

Friday, November 21, 2014

From dissecting "Blurred Lines" to finding modern-day poets who still insist on casually using the term "bitch," essayist Roxane Gay talks about where she draws the line.
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How to Be a Well-Mannered Tennis Fan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The U.S. Open has a reputation of drawing noisier crowds, and while some players say a boisterous audience is energizing, not all athletes are equally appreciative of the extra decibels.


Where Did All of Tennis' Rivalries Go?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Maria Sharapova’s French Open victory was great for her personal brand, but not all that great for tennis. Big time rivalries have given way to charming players draped in Nike. But one up-and-comer is bursting onto the women’s tour, and she’s not there to make friends.

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March Meowness: And We Have a Winner

Monday, April 07, 2014

Bodega cats are hipper than shuffleboard and, unlike Cronuts, they will never go out of style. We asked you to vote for your favorite cat and, after 90,000 swipes, we have a winner.

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Bodega Cat Bracket: Your Photos

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A tournament of champions for our city’s feline guardians of the processed food shelves.

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Our Favorite #NotYourStockWoman Photos

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On the Brian Lehrer Show, we spoke with Jessica Bennett of Lean In about their efforts to update "stock photos" of women. We asked you to submit photos that represent modern women of all types, using the hashtag #NotYourStockWoman. Below are some of our favorites. Be sure to check out the full range of fantastic photos on Instagram and Twitter. And keep them coming - we'll update as we get more!

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The 10 Best Grammy Moments in Vines

Monday, January 27, 2014

From Yoko Ono's dance clinic to Pharrell's social-media savvy headwear, here are the best Grammy moments distilled just for you.


WNYC's Snowpocalypse Boredom Survival Guide

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Snow days can be fun--or incredibly boring. If you find yourself stuck inside on Friday, here's how to make the most of it.

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Photoshop Contest: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (and You)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We'd like to invite you to get in on the fun by getting these two gents to photobomb your favorite pictures.

Hand Wringing in Yankee-Land as Ellsbury Heads to New York

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Yankees are reported to have made a major move Tuesday by acquiring star Red Sox center-fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, signing him to a seven-year deal worth $153 million.


WNYC's Alterna-Guide to Thanksgivukkah

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's a rarity that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap (it won't happen again for 80,000 years!), but with all the recipes, advice and guides to the celebrations, we're feeling a dangerous amount of holiday overload. So what if the two actually cancelled each other out? Think of all the amazing things you could spend your time doing. Here, a guide to an anti-Thanksgivukkah long weekend.


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Watch and Read Chat: Vice Presidential Debate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Vice Presidential debate took place Thursday night live in Danville, Kentucky. Brian Lehrer reconveneed his (Mostly) Swing State Radio Network, and was joined by former moderator Carole Simpson of ABC, and PBS' Jim Lehrer, host of this year's first debate.

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We also live chatted with Anna Sale, our swing state colleagues and the politically diverse It's A Free Country bloggers for a witty, communal and informative experience. Watch the debate and read the transcript below!

Play | Town Hall Debate Bingo!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Watching the presidential town hall debate? Why not watch and chat with us while we play interactive debate bingo! Get a fresh card, fill in your tiles as the candidates (or moderators) call out your terms, and tweet out when you've got a winner. Got beef with what constitutes a tile? Come chat it out or hash it out at #debatebingo.

Play | Debate Bingo!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Watching the debate tonight? Why not watch and chat with us while we play interactive debate bingo! Get a fresh card, fill in your tiles as the candidates (or moderators) call out your terms, and tweet out when you've got a winner. Got beef with what constitutes a tile? Come chat it out or hash it out at #debatebingo.

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Watch | First Presidential Debate, Read Live Chat

Monday, October 01, 2012

The first presidential debate happened last night, and we watched (and chatted) it live with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, our swing state colleagues and the politically diverse It's A Free Country bloggers. Check out what we talked about here!

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DNC Dispatch: Obama Apologizes to Volunteers Displaced by Rain

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Democratic National Convention Committee and President Barack Obama have faced harsh criticism this week after deciding to keep the final night of the DNC at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, NC in from the significantly larger Bank of America Stadium. DNC officials cited concerns about the weather in ...

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DNC Day 3: Did Barack Obama Bring it Home? Watch and Chat Transcript

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Watch the live convention stream as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. John Kerry, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria close out the Democratic National convention tonight in Charlotte. See the complete day three schedule below and watch and chat live with us at 7pm!

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DNC Dispatch: Ledbetter, Dem Speakers Soar Past GOP on Social Media

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

At the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, we saw a new phase in the maturation of social media - with organizations such as Twitter and Facebook starting to shift from hosting to participating in the political conversation. With their release of the The Twitter Political Index, the company is tracking the amount and sentiment of tweets sent about each of the candidates.


DNC Day 2: Did Bill Clinton Take Command? Chat Transcript

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Watch the live convention stream as President Bill Clinton, Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, women's activist and attorney Sandra Fluke and more. See the complete day two schedule below and join us for a live chat starting at 7pm!

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DNC Day 1: Michelle's Big Moment - Chat Transcript

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Watch the live convention stream as First Lady Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. See the complete day one schedule below and read the chat transcript!