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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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There is a group of about 150 people in federal prison known as "old law" prisoners who committed crimes before November 1987 and still have little hope of release. Cornelia Li for NPR hide caption

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Forgetting And Forgotten: Older Prisoners Seek Release But Fall Through The Cracks

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Justice Department Brings Federal Criminal Charges Against Derek Chauvin

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A picture of George Floyd hangs on a fence barrier that surrounds the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis during the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in March. The Justice Department is now bringing criminal charges against Chauvin over allegedly violating Floyd's rights and using excessive force in restraining him. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Brings Federal Criminal Charges Against Derek Chauvin, 3 Others

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Rudy Giuliani is seen here with Donald Trump shortly after Trump's election victory in 2016. Federal authorities raided Giuliani's apartment Wednesday, the former New York City mayor's attorney said. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Federal Investigators Search Rudy Giuliani's Apartment Over Ukraine Ties

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Activists Wait For Biden To Take Bold Action On Criminal Justice Reform

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Attorney General Announces Investigation Into Louisville Police Force

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Protesters confront law enforcement on April 13 outside the police headquarters in Brooklyn Center, Minn., over the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by an officer. The NAACP Legal Defense And Education Fund is asking the Justice Department to suspend local police grants, citing ongoing killings of Black people like Wright by police. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Department Of Justice To Investigate The Minneapolis Police Department

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Attorney General Merrick Garland announces a Justice Department probe of possible patterns of excessive force and discrimination by the Minneapolis Police Department on Wednesday. Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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DOJ To Investigate Minneapolis Police Over Possible Patterns Of Excessive Force

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What's Next For Derek Chauvin: Legal Implications Now That He's Been Convicted

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Trial Over George Floyd's Killing Nears End

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Kristen Clarke's Civil Rights Record Led Her To Barrier-Breaking DOJ Nomination

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Advocates Say How Gun Crimes Are Charged In Washington D.C. Is A Civil Rights Issue

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