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Denise Johnson

Editorial Writer | Opinion
Phone: 612-673-7320
Denise 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, and they have one grown daughter.
Recent content from Denise Johnson
Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker on Minnesota's return to school

Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker on Minnesota's return to school

An image from “Hidden Figures” shows Katherine Johnson, portrayed by Taraji Henson, in the historical film about black women’s contributions to

A talk with Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of 'Hidden Figures'

Shetterly's bestseller is now an Oscar-nominated movie. She discusses the book, the film, her links to the true story and more.

Updating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Many bridges yet to cross, longtime civil rights leader Vernon Jordan tells Minneapolis audience.
Matt Little reflected on t the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at his home in Roseville, Min., Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Matthew Little made Minnesota a better place for all

Civil-rights leader and activist led the way on fair housing and equal employment.
Donna Brazile:  “We need to get off this partisanship and elect leaders who will find that common ground.”

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.
Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio mayor puts spotlight on education

Julian Castro recognizes how much cities can gain by closing achievement gaps.
March on Washington 1963: Josie Johnson, center, and Zetta Fedder, right, with an unidentified woman.

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.
Marion Wright Edelman

Investing in kids

Spending early can pay off later.

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.

Teaching teachers

The research is conclusive: A quality, effective teacher is the most important school-based way to help students learn. That's why the Bush Foundation wisely announced a $40 million grant over the next decade to transform teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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.'

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

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

Barack the magic what?

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…