Carrie Johnson 2010
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Carrie Johnson 2010
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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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Justice Department To Move Away From Using Private Prisons

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The Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise, Idaho, is a contract facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America. The Justice Department says it is phasing out its relationships with private prisons after a recent audit found they have more safety and security problems than ones run by the government. Charlie Litchfield/AP hide caption

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Justice Department Will Phase Out Its Use Of Private Prisons

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FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Oversight panel July 7, telling lawmakers that Hillary Clinton had been truthful with the bureau during a 3 1/2 hour interrogation at FBI headquarters. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Turns Over Secret Clinton Email Documents To GOP Lawmakers

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DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana

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Justice Department To Release Investigation Into Baltimore Police

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People walk by a mural depicting Freddie Gray in Baltimore on June 23, at the intersection where Gray was arrested in 2015. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Justice Department Issues Scathing Report On Baltimore Police Department

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What Would Donald Trump's Department Of Justice Look Like?

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John Hinckley Earns His Freedom, Decades After Attempted Assassination

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Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Jr. Released From Mental Hospital

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John Hinckley Jr. is escorted by police in Washington, D.C., following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding president Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Authorities Work To Confirm Gunman's Motive In Baton Rouge Police Killings

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