Prof. Emily H. JohnsonEmily H. Johnson


Phone: (646) 312-3971

Location: VC 7-262


Professor Emily H. Johnson is an independent multimedia journalist who has reported in East Africa, India, Southeast Asia and New York. 

From 2014 to 2016, she was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she covered everything from major breaking news (the terrorist attack on Garissa University, the pope's visit, and the world's largest ivory burn) to feature stories on child marriage, mental health, technology, sports, and climate change. During those two years, she also reported from India on sanitation and public health in the eastern state of Bihar, as well as on the digital front in the struggle for Tibetan independence among activists in the Dalai Lama's Himalayan home of Dharamsala.

A former wilderness guide, Professor Johnson studied International Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. After graduation, she worked as a multimedia editor at NBC and then as a copy editor, reporter and photographer for The Jakarta Globe, an English-language newspaper in Indonesia. Back in New York, she covered local news, including major stories like Hurricane Sandy and the elementary school shooting in Newtown, while teaching at Baruch as a multimedia adjunct. She also spent a month reporting on Buddhist extremism in Myanmar.

Her body of work includes photography, radio, video, and writing, and her stories have appeared in The Washington Post, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera, AJ+, Mashable, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Deutsche Presse‑Agentur (DPA), The Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Fusion, Free Speech Radio News, and America Abroad.

Professor Johnson is a member of the National Press Photographer's Association and the Frontline Freelance Register. She was certified in battlefield medical response in 2013 through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues.



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