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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 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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Robert Mueller, the Justice Department's pick as special counsel in the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 elections, has been cleared of any conflicts of interests related to the work of his former law firm. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to be introduced during a service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 9 in Washington, D.C. Sessions issued an order on Monday narrowing the scope of his financial threat to "sanctuary cities." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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This Week On The Call In: Criminal Justice Reform

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Ex-FBI Director Mueller Appointed As Special Counsel To Oversee Russia Probe

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in 2013. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Mueller will lead the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Appointed To Lead Russia Inquiry

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Justice Department Names Special Counsel In Russia Investigation

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee during the annual open hearing on worldwide threats on March 12, 2013. Mueller has been named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed As Special Counsel To Oversee Russia Probe

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It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the FBI director he fired a week ago. Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Denies Comey's Account Of Trump Meeting

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White House Denies Reports Trump Asked Comey To Drop Flynn Probe

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Trump's Flexing Of Executive Power Raises Legal Questions

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