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Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson ('19)

reporter, The Boston Globe, Boston

How might newsrooms use mobile technology to disseminate information in communities that are underserved by the media?

Akilah Johnson covers the intersection of race, politics, youth and immigration for The Boston Globe. Her work includes stints on the Spotlight investigative team and on-the-ground reporting from Ferguson, Missouri; Charleston, South Carolina; Flint, Michigan; Haiti, and Cape Verde. She contributed to the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She has been a key member of the Globe’s politics team, covering Boston mayoral and Massachusetts gubernatorial elections and the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary. She moderated the first live, televised mayoral debate in 2013 and serves as co-host of GlobeLive. She is an integral part of the multimedia project “68 Blocks,” about one of Boston’s most troubled communities, and she moved into the neighborhood to better understand its families, churches and schools. Before her time at the Globe, she covered education and public safety for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

Inside Story

Posts by Akilah

Drive change and improve trust

Relationship-building and storytelling approaches to help people see, feel, and understand others. (2 minute read)

The Pivot

How might we improve access and credibility in historically-underserved communities? Diversity, audience engagement, and impact. (4 minute read)

Reframing challenges. It’s not judgment; it’s journalism.

How horse therapy helped me accept that needing to reframe my JSK Fellowship research question wasn’t failure but journalism. (5 minute read)

Read @akjohnson1922 on Medium.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.