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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 Reform Advocates Urge Obama To Speed Action On Clemency

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FBI Releases Partial Transcripts From Orlando Shooter's 911 Calls

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The pills displayed above by the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Medical Examiner's Office are fentanyl being sold illicitly as the drug Oxycodone. Fentanyl, a powerful opiate, is the same drug believed to have caused Prince's death. Lawmakers are debating ways to cut down on its use. AP/Cuyahoga Medical Examiner's Office hide caption

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Inspector General Report Criticizes Hillary Clinton's Use Of Private Server

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Behind The Mystique: Tour Interpol Washington

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'It's Just The Beginning Now,' Says Man Freed From Serving 2 Life Sentences

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Justice Department Files Complaint Against North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

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Federal investigators have interviewed Huma Abedin and other top Hillary Clinton aides as part of an ongoing investigation into the candidate's use of a private email server as secretary of state. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

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"This is the best chance in a generation to reform our federal drug sentencing law," Sen. Richard Durbin (center) said Thursday. He and other lawmakers held a news conference about proposed criminal sentencing reform legislation. Al Drago/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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Former New Orleans Police Officers Plead Guilty In Danziger Bridge Incident

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Solitary Confinement Is What Destroyed My Son, Grieving Mom Says

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