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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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Jury selection is underway in the Jan. 6 riot trial of Oath Keepers members

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U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), (L) Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) preside over a hearing on the January 6th investigation on June 09, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Final Jan. 6 Hearing Is Coming — Here's Everything We've Learned

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PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 14: In this aerial view, former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is seen on September 14, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump has taken 2 big legal blows

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U.S. charges dozens of people in $250 million pandemic fraud scheme

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110 people once sentenced to life in prison gathered to share their story

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110 people once sentenced to life in prison as juveniles convene for 'freedom party'

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DOJ officials appeal special master review of documents seized by the FBI

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Justice Department appeals order to create special master for Mar-a-Lago documents

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Former president Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally to support local candidates on September 03, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A judge grants Trump's special master request to review Mar-a-Lago materials

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The residence of former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., is seen on Aug. 9, one day after FBI agents conducted a court-authorized search and recovered scores of classified documents. Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Federal judge grants Trump's special master request to review Mar-a-Lago materials

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This image contained in a court filing by the Department of Justice on Aug. 30, and redacted by in part by the FBI, shows a photo of documents seized during the Aug. 8 search by the FBI of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Department of Justice hide caption

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