OUTLET: Radio - KQED
Joshua Johnson joined KQED as its new morning newscaster after six years as an anchor/reporter in his native South Florida. There he helped to launch WLRN Miami Herald News, an innovative partnership between WLRN Public Radio and The Miami Herald. Joshua served as afternoon anchor and general assignment reporter, with emphases on policy, science and government stories. He also served as operations director, overseeing the equipment and technology for WLRN's radio staff within the Herald's multimedia newsroom. Joshua was a frequent contributor to NPR newscasts, CBS Radio News, American Public Media's "Marketplace," and PRI's "The Takeaway." He has served as a delegate for the annual meeting of the Radio Television Digital News Association, and trained in a special two-day workshop at CNN.com in Atlanta.
Joshua's reporting reflected South Florida as one of the nation's most challenging and, at times, quirky regions. Joshua anchored continuing coverage of the landmark 2005 and 2006 Atlantic hurricane seasons, sleeping overnight in one studio before waking up at 5:00 a.m. to report from the other. He anchored election night coverage in 2004, 2006 and 2008, and was the substitute host for "The Florida Roundup," WLRN's weekly reporter's roundtable. Haiti has been a constant of Joshua's coverage, including on-the-ground reporting on the 2007 floods and hosting a live call-in show one day after the 2010 earthquake. As for the "quirky" side, he also covered strongman competitions, profiled female elephant trainers, learned about heat exhaustion by suiting up with local firefighters, and explained why the Miami Children's Museum's official "Wizard of Oz" exhibit all but left out the Wicked Witch of the West. (Answer: she was deemed too scary for little kids, and nonessential for the exhibits purpose.)
Before working in public radio Joshua was an assignment editor for WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, his hometown, and for WTVJ-TV in Miami. In both roles he planned weekend coverage for the stations and helped to keep news production organized during the week. Joshua also worked in public television as a pledge host and a grant writer for WPBT-TV in Miami, developing a young adults' personal finance initiative for "Nightly Business Report." WPBT's CEO, who also taught at The University of Miami, recruited Joshua straight out of college after he pitched the youth initiative for a class assignment.
He lives in San Francisco.