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Carrie Johnson

Justice Correspondent

Carrie Johnson is NPR's National Justice Correspondent.

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. Johnson regularly appears on the NPR Politics Podcast.

Prior to coming to NPR in 2010, Johnson worked at the Washington Post for 10 years. Earlier in her career, she wrote about courts for the weekly publication Legal Times.

Her work has been honored with awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Society for Professional Journalists, and SABEW. She served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University from 2019-2020. In 2021, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honored Johnson with a rarely-bestowed Champion of Justice award for her journalism work.

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. She sits on the advisory board for the Center for Journalism Ethics at UW-M and the Historical Society of the D.C. Circuit.

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Thursday

Biden blocks the release of recordings of his classified documents interview

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Thursday

It's been a week of mostly positive legal news for former President Trump

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Wednesday

Trump's classified documents trial in Florida is delayed indefinitely

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Thursday

Federal judges have a code of ethics but often aren't held accountable, NPR finds

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Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Many federal judges receive free rooms and subsidized travel to luxury resorts for legal conferences. NPR found that dozens of judges did not fully disclose the perks they got. Chelsea Beck for NPR hide caption

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When judges get free trips to luxury resorts, disclosure is spotty

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Tuesday

Federal judges have enormous power over their courtrooms and their chambers, which can leave employees vulnerable to abuse, with few ways to report their concerns anonymously. Chelsea Beck for NPR hide caption

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Victims of harassment by federal judges often find the judiciary is above the law

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Saturday

A recap of Trump's trial in NYC, and why a delay in the Jan. 6 case is likely

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Thursday

Then-President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives to speak at a rally in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

The U.S. Supreme Court on October 4, 2023. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Judge in Trump's classified documents case draws scrutiny

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Friday

U.S. Army soldiers wear boots as they march in formation during a change of command ceremony, Monday, April 3, 2017, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Thursday

National Guard members take a staircase toward the U.S. Capitol building before a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration in Washington on Jan. 18, 2021. Experts in constitutional law and the military say the Insurrection Act gives presidents tremendous power with few restraints. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Legal experts are calling for reforms to the insurrection act

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Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump awaits the start of a pre-trial hearing with his defense team at Manhattan criminal, Monday, March 25, 2024, in New York. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Friday

Looking into the fallout surrounding Fani Willis

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Monday

The U.S Supreme Court is photographed on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, in Washington. Mariam Zuhaib/AP hide caption

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Trump To Appear On All Primary Ballots

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Thursday

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs after speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2024, in Oxon Hill, Md., Feb. 24, 2024. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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