Denise Johnson

Editorial Writer
Phone: 612-673-7320
Denise Johnson has been an editorial writer at the Star Tribune since 1996. Before joining the editorial board, she was a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and wrote editorials for the Miami Herald. She currently writes about urban affairs and a variety of other topics, but specializes in covering K-12 education. Johnson has also worked for the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington D.C. and done diversity training locally and nationally. Earlier in her career, she hosted and produced news and issues public affairs shows on Twin Cities public television. The recipient of several journalism awards, she was honored in 2007 with the Frank Premack Graven award for career contributions to public journalism. Johnson lives with her husband in St. Paul, her hometown.

Recent content from Denise Johnson

Updating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Many bridges yet to cross, longtime civil rights leader Vernon Jordan tells Minneapolis audience.

Updated: January 19, 2015, - 06:27 PM

Matthew Little made Minnesota a better place for all

Civil-rights leader and activist led the way on fair housing and equal employment.

Updated: January 27, 2014, - 06:13 PM

Overcoming Washington gridlock for the greater good

Political insider Donna Brazile says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have urged finding areas of agreement.

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 06:23 PM

San Antonio mayor puts spotlight on education

Julian Castro recognizes how much cities can gain by closing achievement gaps.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 08:12 PM

Minnesotans remember March on Washington

Among those in the Minnesota delegation were local civil-rights activists Josie Johnson and Matt Little. Johnson, now 82, and Little, now 92, reflect on the march and today's realities.

Updated: August 25, 2013, - 05:36 AM

Investing in kids

Spending early can pay off later.

Updated: January 21, 2013, - 08:40 PM

Short take: Naomi Tutu

The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, is still searching for the promised land.

Updated: January 20, 2012, - 08:40 PM

Michelle Rhee's effort to change education

Her campaign to educate children isn’t about teacher bashing.

Updated: November 18, 2011, - 01:24 PM

School lockdown: A balance well struck

It's an unfortunate byproduct of our high-tech age: the internet provides new ways to harass and intimidate. The entire Minneapolis school system and several schools in St. Paul learned that the hard way on Wednesday when more than 60 buildings were locked down after shooting threats appeared on social networking websites.

Updated: March 11, 2010, - 03:54 PM

Denise Johnson: King's legacy

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery put the legacy of his dear friend, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in perspective Monday with great humor and insight. He covered a range of topics during the 20th annual United Negro College Fund/General Mills Martin Luther King breakfast. The 88-year-old minister, founder and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and King mentor, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and gave the benediction during the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's first African-American president. The following are edited excerpts from his speech and news conference in Minneapolis.

Updated: January 18, 2010, - 07:02 PM

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