Jon Norton | WGLT

Jon Norton

Music Director/Morning Edition Host

Northern Minnesota native and University of North Dakota grad Jon Norton has adapted well to what he considers the warm climate of Central Illinois. He loves waking up at 3 a.m. to prep WGLT content for Morning Edition, and has trained himself to fall asleep before the summer sun falls below the horizon.

He's also tuned into the vibrant Bloomington-Normal music scene. Sound Ideas is where you can hear his interviews with local and nationally touring musicians. They can also be read on the Music Featues page of this very website. If you press him hard enough, he'll tell you WGLT's "Highway 309" is something he's pretty proud of, and possibly the coolest music format in the country.

Norton is also keenly interested in stories revolving around race, including racial disparities and the intersection of race and law enforement. 

Norton pays attention to ISU and Chicago Bulls basketball and Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs baseball. He treasures his time at home with his wife, who makes sure his daily chores have been completed before bedtime. 

Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson Missouri and New York City not to indict white officers for killing unarmed black men has provoked a kind of national Rorschach test on race. According to a Pew Research Center study, blacks, by a an overwhelming margin, say the Ferguson shooting raises critical racial issues and that the police quote "went too far" in responding to subsequent protests. Only 9 percent of blacks said they agreed with the Grand Jury's decision.

In the mostly minority Ferguson, Missouri neighborhood where Michael Brown lived, residents have taken what they call a pro-active approach to monitoring police. A group called "We Copwatch" donated cameras to neighborhood residents so they can record police interactions. Nearly 14 years ago, leaders in McLean County tackled the issue of minority-police relationships using a different approach. GLT's Jon Norton has more in the 5th and final part of the GLT News investigative series "Police and Race in the Twin Cities."

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