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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.

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.

Her work has been honored with awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Society for Professional Journalists, SABEW, and the National Juvenile Defender Center. 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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Biden's Administration Will Have A Lot Of Work To Do Addressing Civil Rights

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The federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., home to the U.S. government's death chamber. Executions there are set to continue even as the new administration prepares to take power. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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U.S. appellate Judge Merrick Garland walks into federal court in November 2017 in Washington. He could be in contention for a nomination to become attorney general. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates arrives for a ceremony for FBI Director Chris Wray at the FBI Building in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2017. Yates is considered a potential pick for President-elect Joe Biden's attorney general. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Who Might Joe Biden Select To Lead The Justice Department?

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The Senate Nears Confirming Trump's 3rd Supreme Court Justice

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