Joshua Johnson is a long time radio host and current anchor for MSNBC
Joshua Johnson formerly hosted 1A, one of the most important daily conversations in America. The program is a production of WAMU in Washington, DC and distributed by NPR.
Launched at a tumultuous time for news and inspired by the 1st Amendment, Joshua and 1A bring new insight and inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time.
Joshua was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began his public radio career helping launch a unique regional news partnership between Miami’s NPR station, WLRN, and The Miami Herald. Then he served for over five years as morning news host for KQED in San Francisco.
Before joining WAMU, Joshua co-created and hosted the provocative nationwide public radio series, Truth Be Told, which explored race in America. Joshua also taught podcasting at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
When you are the only one like you at work, at school or in your community, how do you stay true to who you are, and stay resilient when people reject you or try to change you? Joshua Johnson speaks about his journey of not fitting in, living outside the boundaries and challenging norms, all while excelling within the confines of high expectations.
The country, media, politics and our conversations feel more divided than ever. How do we connect across ideologies and lifestyles when our discussions reflect the views of media we “agree” with or relate to? As the host of 1A, Joshua Johnson has created a reputation for fostering an empathetic culture that avoids judgement and bickering: what you might call “leadership by listening”. His listeners and guests are free to speak their minds, knowing that they’ll be heard. As a moderator for your event or a keynote, learn how to create this same environment and approach relationships, business or personal, with empathy. We won’t agree with everything someone says, but we can change the way we connect in our homes, communities and offices.