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

Denise Johnson: When schools catch up

There are lessons to be learned from the success stories in Minnesota education.

Updated: September 06, 2009, - 10:33 AM

Denise Johnson: The aggressive educator

Our country has a crisis [in education] -- a real crisis. We have adopted a set of policies that are simply preparing us to be a second-rate nation. We are competing globally against folks who are investing -- people in India and China who understand that the race is not to figure out how much bauxite you can extract from the ground but how many engineers, scientists, doctors, teachers can you produce. And here in this country, we're still acting like it's 1950. We are so far behind the curve. ...

Updated: June 08, 2009, - 07:45 PM

Q & A with Norm Coleman: 'Getting it right is of critical importance'

Norm Coleman met with Star Tribune editorial writers and reporters last week and discussed his continuing legal challenge to return...

Updated: April 18, 2009, - 11:31 PM

Education Secretary Arne Duncan: 'We don't just want status quo'

Minnesota will get $1.1 billion -- about $300 million in Title I, more for IDEA [the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] -- about a 36 percent increase. That is a staggering amount of investment. I feel very good that in really tough times we're able to support what you are doing here in Minnesota.

Updated: March 25, 2009, - 09:14 AM

Of leadership, hopes and expectations

With America poised to inaugurate its first African-American president this week, we checked in with a group of community leaders...

Updated: January 18, 2009, - 07:42 AM

Stupid gift department

Firmly in the "what was he thinking?'' column is the recent boneheaded action by a candidate for Republican National Committee chairman. Chip Saltsman of Tennessee is rightly under fire in cyberspace and on talk shows for mailing fellow party members a CD for Christmas with a song titled, "Barack the Magic Negro.'

Updated: January 01, 2009, - 07:42 PM

Barack the magic what?

Firmly in the "what was he thinking?’’ column is the recent boneheaded action by a candidate for Republican National Committee...

Updated: December 30, 2008, - 05:05 PM

Not so 'outrageous' to us

A Minneapolis bicycling center had the dubious – and misplaced – distinction of landing on a U.S. senator’s list of...

Updated: December 19, 2008, - 05:05 PM

Gather around the family meal table

It seems like a no-brainer: Shouldn’t moms, dads and other guardians of children understand that family meals are a good...

Updated: August 29, 2008, - 02:10 PM

Charter school Q & A: 'To familiarize, not proselytize'

Mo Chang, Executive director and principal of the Community School of Excellence charter school.

Updated: June 14, 2008, - 05:47 PM

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