Claire Thornton

Claire Thornton, 21, is a rising senior at Princeton University, where she is Head News Editor for The Daily Princetonian. She is majoring in English, with minors in journalism, American studies, and Slavic studies. Her independent research within Princeton’s English department focuses on Western news coverage of the Russian state. In other words, she should have majored in comparative literature.

This past spring, Claire’s work for The Daily Princetonian involved covering a course that was cancelled after the professor used the n-word, campus workers’ rights, a police stand-off that left one man dead, and special coverage of co-education at Princeton. Claire is known for her bluntness and candor in the newsroom, according to her assistant news editors.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Claire is a Texan at heart. But she has also embraced the East Coast since starting college at Princeton. She was also lucky enough to study in London with Princeton’s English department in the fall of 2017.

Working at WLRN is Claire’s first time writing for a news organization other than The Daily Princetonian. Last summer, she worked as an artistic operations intern for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas and Opera Philadelphia. Having never been to Florida before, she is excited to report on Miami with fresh eyes. She’s also looking forward to the Cuban food, of course.

From inside their massive headquarters in West Palm Beach, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) regulates the natural flow of water from Orlando to the Keys. Using canals and water-holding sites, officials are trying to prevent the types of algae blooms that led Governor Scott to declare a state of emergency in seven counties on Monday.

Hundreds of protesters representing 23 advocacy groups rallied on Saturday against the Trump administration’s family separation policies at a Homestead detention center for children who crossed the Southern U.S. border.

Chants of “Hey, Trump, leave the kids alone!” remained steady throughout the protest, even when it began to rain heavily. Many of those leading chants were children themselves.