Claire Thornton

Intern, Summer 2018

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.

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Claire Thornton

Nicaraguans in Miami eager to provide aid to their home country are planning to deliver medical supplies to those in need.

Recent anti-government protests in Nicaragua have caused the country to nearly shut down, and injured protesters do not have access to proper medical care, according to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. The United Nations human rights office has asked Nicaragua's government to let it enter the country and gather evidence about the deaths of protesters, many of whom were students. Over 800 people have been injured, according to IACHR.

Hector Gabino, el Nuevo Herald

District 12 Commissioner Jose Diaz’s constituents in Miami-Dade County comprise the largest population of Nicaraguans in the United States. On Tuesday, Diaz helped pass a resolution condemning the Nicaraguan government’s use of force against protesters. He specifically wants to see action from the U.S. Congress.

Claire Thornton

Just two days before the official start of hurricane season, Florida International University hosted the world premiere Wednesday of “BUILT TO LAST?,” a documentary that warns of risks to homes and other buildings in “the age of disaster.”

“When someone loses their home, it’s like they’ve lost everything,” said Aris Papadopoulos, of FIU’s Extreme Events Institute, whose book, “Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability,” inspired the film.