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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 Announces New Package Of Federal Prison Reforms

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Don McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team and now chosen to serve as White House counsel, walks through the lobby at Trump Tower on Nov. 15 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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For Trump's White House Lawyer, Policing Conflicts Will Be 'Massive Undertaking'

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Donald McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team, gets into an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower last week. On Friday, President-elect Trump announced McGahn would be his White House counsel. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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President-Elect Trump Selects Sen. Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

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Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions pledges his support for then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before speaking to supporters on Oct. 10 at a rally in Ambridge, Pa. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey arrives at a Senate Committee on Homeland Security hearing earlier this year. Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Advisers Assess Whether To Keep FBI Director James Comey

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Report: Juveniles Lack Legal Advice; Often Urged To Plead Guilty

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