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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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Anit-abortion activists hold signs outside the US Supreme Court after overturning of Roe Vs. Wade, in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel, former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue are sworn in to testify during the fifth of eight planned public hearings of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeff Clark, then-Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Former DOJ officials to testify during the 5th House Jan. 6 hearing

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White House Counsel Dana Remus, center, is seated next to former Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., right, as they listen during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Merrick Garland, third from left, speaks at the Department of Justice Wednesday to announce a team to conduct a critical incident review of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Justice Department launches review of law enforcement's response in Uvalde

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as rioters try to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Jan. 6 hearings again raise questions for Justice Dept. over whether to charge Trump

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Far right Proud Boys leader charged with seditious conspiracy related to Jan. 6

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Proud Boys leader and 4 top members are charged with seditious conspiracy for Jan. 6

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Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro indicted for not cooperating with Jan. 6 committee

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A grand jury has indicted former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress

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