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Carrie Johnson

Justice Correspondent

Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for the Washington Desk.

She covers a wide variety of stories about justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR's flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the Newscasts and NPR.org.

While in this role, Johnson has chronicled major challenges to the landmark voting rights law, a botched law enforcement operation targeting gun traffickers along the Southwest border, and the Obama administration's deadly drone program for suspected terrorists overseas.

Prior to coming to NPR in 2010, Johnson worked at the Washington Post for 10 years, where she closely observed the FBI, the Justice Department and criminal trials of the former leaders of Enron, HealthSouth and Tyco. Earlier in her career, she wrote about courts for the weekly publication Legal Times.

Outside of her role at NPR, Johnson regularly moderates or appears on legal panels for the American Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and others. She's talked about her work on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, and other outlets.

Her work has been honored with awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has been a finalist for the Loeb award for financial journalism and for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for team coverage of the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Benedictine University in Illinois.

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'White House Arrest?' Legal Experts Disagree About Prosecuting A President

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FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray Questioned By Senate Judiciary

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Donald Trump Jr. Admits To Meeting With Russian Lawyer

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Nominee for FBI Director Christopher Wray will have his confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray Could Help Steady The Bureau Amid Turmoil

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Trump's FBI Director Pick Faces Confirmation Hearing

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Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a June 21 closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible connections to the Trump campaign. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Special Counsel Mueller Lets His Actions Do The Talking: 15 Hires, More to Come

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Morning News Brief: Trump Meets Putin, Russia Probe Update, New Tesla Car

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'Let Local People Solve Local Problems,' Memphis Says In Bid To End DOJ Oversight

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White House Puts More Pressure On Sanctuary Cities To Comply With Immigration Law

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Challenge To Calif. Gun Carry Law

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Rosenstein Says Most Important Part Of The Job Is To Maintain Public Confidence

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