Storytelling Through Audio: Katie Thornton

Storytelling Through Audio: Katie Thornton

Katie Thornton is an award-winning multimedia journalist, audio producer, a historian, and a 2018 Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling fellow. Her writing, audio, and photos have been published by National Geographic, the BBC, NPR, 99% Invisible, Atlas Obscura, and others.


5 - 12+


Professional Learning, Storytelling

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From a very early age, Katie was interested in sound. Her earliest memories are of her dad playing records. She explains her interest in storytelling comes from music. She wanted to create public-facing stories that allowed people to see themselves reflected in them. Her journey as a storyteller started with her story, one of resilience and determination to overcome the obstacles she was facing. She realized stories anchored in a personal experience are more meaningful and have a larger potential to connect and move others. Katie’s goal is to inspire curiosity and her advice to anyone that wants to become an audio storyteller is to listen, to really listen.

We invite educators to register in the free self-paced online course “Storytelling for Impact in Your Classroom: Audio.” This course is one in a series of courses of the National Geographic Education program Storytelling for Impact. The course will provide educators with a deep understanding of the power of storytelling, the strength of audio as a tool with which to tell a story, and the value of audio as an instructional strategy in their classroom.

“Storytelling for Impact in Your Classroom: Audio” was developed in partnership with Adobe, a champion for creativity and the power of storytelling.

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Last Updated

January 27, 2023

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