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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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner denied any wrongdoing in the Russia case last July and the administration is now restoring his top-level security clearance. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Lawyers for Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort say the government used invalid warrants to seize evidence against him. Prosecutors say they were all squared away. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Watchdog Will Lead Probe Requested By Trump

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Deputy AG Rosenstein Says DOJ Will Look Into Surveillance Of Trump Campaign

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Senate Judiciary Committee Minority Staff Director Brian Benczkowski (left) talks with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.on June 11, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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Trump Wants Justice Department To Probe Claims Of FBI Campaign Surveillance

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A Look At What Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has Accomplished After 1 Year

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An attorney defending Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, dubbed the "cook" to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, said he intended to fight vigorously against charges brought by the special counsel's office. Misha Japaridze/AP hide caption

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Special Counsel Lawyer Duels In Federal Court With Attorney For 'Putin's Chef'

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White House Adviser Jared Kushner Pushes Prison Reform Bill Forward

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Senate On Track To Confirm 6 More Of Trump's Judicial Nominees

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Noel Francisco attends his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for his nomination to become solicitor general, on May 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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As Trump Pressure Builds, Spotlight Falls On Solicitor General Noel Francisco

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Trump Repaid Lawyer $130,000 That Was Given To Porn Star, Giuliani Says

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As WH Legal Team Undergoes Changes, Trump Intensifies His Attacks On Justice Department

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Mueller's Questions For Trump Offer A Glimpse Into Special Counsel's Investigation

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