Joshua Johnson (journalist)

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Joshua Johnson
Born22 March 1980 [1]

Joshua Johnson (born 22 March 1980)[2][3] is an American radio talk show host and journalist, host of the program 1A, produced by WAMU and nationally distributed by NPR.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, the only son of a public school teacher and Vietnam veteran.[4][5] He became interested in journalism as a child, inspired by African American journalists like Ed Bradley, Bernard Shaw, and Dwight Lauderdale.[6][5]

He graduated from the University of Miami and entered public radio in Miami, working for a collaborative project between WLRN and the Miami Herald from 2004 to 2010.[7][8]


In 2010, he moved to KQED in San Francisco, where he served as morning newscaster until early 2016. In 2016 he hosted the radio series Truth Be Told produced by KQED and distributed by Public Radio International.[9] Truth Be Told dealt with issues of race in America, and four episodes were broadcast nationally.[5] He was also a substitute host of KQED's Forum and taught courses in podcasting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.[7][6] In September 2016 he guest hosted The Diane Rehm Show for two days, and in November Rehm announced Johnson would be taking over her time slot.[8] 1A premiered on January 2, 2017. Johnson's demeanor has been described as "calm, even-tempered but respectfully persistent when a guest tries to evade his questions".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson declines to discuss his own personal opinions, and says he has been called both conservative and liberal.[11]

Johnson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists,[4] and is openly gay.[5][6]


  1. ^ Johnson, Joshua [@jejohnson322] (22 March 2015). "Wait: you missed my birthday today?!?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Johnson, Joshua [@jejohnson322] (22 March 2015). "Wait: you missed my birthday today?!?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Heil, Emily (9 February 2018). "5 Minutes With: '1A' radio host Joshua Johnson". The Washington Post. ...Johnson, a 37-year-old transplant from San Francisco...
  4. ^ a b "Joshua Johnson". WAMU. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Montgomery, David (2 February 2017). "Meet Joshua Johnson, Diane Rehm's successor — and a bold move for WAMU". Washington Post.
  6. ^ a b c DiGuglielmo, Joey (15 March 2017). "Diane Rehm successor is not who you'd expect". Washington Blade.
  7. ^ a b Farhi, Paul (16 November 2016). "Diane Rehm's station taps Joshua Johnson, a lesser-known radio host, as her successor". Washington Post.
  8. ^ a b Beaujon, Andrew (18 November 2016). "Diane Rehm's Replacement Wants His Show to Be Relentlessly Civil, Even Nowadays". Washingtonian.
  9. ^ Falk, Tyler (March 8, 2016). "New KQED radio pilot gets personal about race". Current.
  10. ^ Marshall, Barbara (January 31, 2017). "West Palm Beach native hosts NPR's new morning talk show". mypalmbeachpost.
  11. ^ Villarreal, Yezmin (22 May 2017). "Joshua Johnson Is Part of NPR's New Generation". The Advocate.

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