Richard Johnson (columnist)

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Richard Johnson is an American gossip columnist with the New York Post's Page Six column, which he edited for 25 years. Described by the New York Times as "a journalistic descendant of Walter Winchell",[1] in 1994 he was ranked the #1 New York City gossip columnist by New York magazine in a list that also included Liz Smith, Michael Musto, and Cindy Adams.[2]

Johnson was raised in Greenwich Village, New York, the son of a magazine editor father and a mother who worked in public relations. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, and later Empire State College, New York, from which he received a communications degree.[3] His first newspaper work was with the Chelsea-Clinton News. He joined the New York Post in 1978 as a general-assignment reporter, and took charge of Page Six after the departure of editor Susan Mulcahy.[4] He worked briefly for the New York Daily News in 1991. He left the Post in 2010 to work in Los Angeles, and returned in 2013.[5] In 2006 he married Sessa von Richthofen. He was previously married to Nadine Johnson, a New York City publicist.[6][7][4]


  1. ^ Arango, Tim (7 October 2010). "The Editor of Page Six Is Departing After 25 Years". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Szabo, Jlia (August 1, 1994). "Gossip, Gossip, and More Gossip". New York. pp. 22–30.
  3. ^ Grigoriadis, Vanessa (July 19, 2004). "Payback". New York.
  4. ^ a b Allon, Janet. "The Face of Page Six". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ Martin, Adam (September 11, 2013). "Richard Johnson Returning to New York As a Post Gossip Columnist". Daily Intelligencer.
  6. ^ Handelman, David (April 22, 1996). "His & Her Power". New York. pp. 24–31.
  7. ^ Robertson, Campbell (April 10, 2006). "Behind Gossip, There's Often a Relationship". The New York Times.

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