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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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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at the the Drug Enforcement Agency headquarters in Arlington, Va., on June 6. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intel Committee

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Comey Testimony Reverberates Across Washington, D.C.

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Comey Testimony Raises More Questions About Attorney General Sessions

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James Comey Accuses White House Of Lying About His Firing

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A Month After He Was Fired, Comey Will Tell His Side Of The Story

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President Trump Selects New Leader For The FBI

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Countdown Clocks, Morning Cocktails As Former FBI Director Prepares To Testify

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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa (left), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are drafting legislation that would call for new penalties for selling synthetic opioids. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Lawmakers Consider Tough New Penalties For Opioid Crimes, Bucking Trend

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Trump Appeals To Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Ban

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White House counsel Donald McGahn is in search of legal advice because of intensifying investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and ties between Russians and the Trump campaign. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Top White House Lawyer Donald McGahn Sits At The Center Of Controversy

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