Carrie Johnson Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for the Washington Desk.
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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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Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and is expected to get questions about his oversight of the Justice Department and Trump campaign contacts with Russia in 2016. Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Attorney General Sessions, Hill Testimony Presents Risk And Opportunity

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Ties To The Special Counsel Investigation

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Lawmakers Advanced 5 Of Trump's Nominees For Lifetime Appointments As Federal Judges

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A photo posted in March, 2016 on President Donald Trump's Twitter account shows George Papadopoulos, third from left, at a national security meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump. The President told reporters on Friday morning that "I don't remember much" about the controversial meeting. Donald Trump's Twitter account/AP hide caption

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Special Counsel Mueller Warns That Manafort And Gates Pose A Flight Risk

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Where Special Counsel Robert Mueller Could Take His Investigation Next

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After A Day Of Legal Shock And Awe, What's Next For The Mueller Investigation?

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Jeff Sessions is sworn is as attorney general on Feb. 9. There are questions now about the Justice Department's independence. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Prisoners Face Uncertainty As Number Of Halfway Houses Are Cut

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about immigration in Falls Church, Va., last week. Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP hide caption

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Democrats To Attorney General Sessions: Don't Duck Our Questions

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