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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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President Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday. During the speech, he criticized a court that blocked his new travel executive order. And that, lawyers say, could be a problem for him. Andrea Morales/Getty Images hide caption

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Courts To Hear Disputes About Whether Trump's Travel Ban Is Constitutional

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ACLU Legal Director David Cole, who accepted the role in the summer of 2016, testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 11 at the confirmation hearing for now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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ACLU Lawyer Sits At Heart Of Legal Resistance To Trump Agenda

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Fired After Refusing To Resign

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FBI Director James Comey attends the Boston Conference of Cyber Security at Boston College on Wednesday, where he said he has no plans to leave his post before the end of his term. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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Rod Rosenstein's confirmation hearing to become deputy attorney general on Tuesday became much more about his superiors than his career. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Hearing For Deputy Attorney General Nominee Focuses On Sessions, Russia

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Trump Claims Obama Ordered Wiretap On Trump Tower, Offers No Evidence

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Will Russia Investigation Be Insulated From Political Interference?

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Investigations

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Signals Shift At The Justice Department

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at his swearing in earlier this month. He said Monday he will focus on issues such as violent crime and police morale. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance On Transgender Bathroom Use

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The Trump administration has reversed federal guidance that directed public schools to allow students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that corresponded to their gender identities. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Defends Order After Court Declines To Reinstate Travel Ban

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