Resume

Larry Johnson
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Employment History

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Seattle, WA ………………………………………….. 1998 – 2009

National/Foreign Desk Editor

My primary responsibility was to choose and edit national and international stories for Page One and the inside pages. I also wrote stories and opinion pieces.

Other responsibilities included working with managing editors, reporters, photographers, artists and layout editors to get top content in the printed paper and on our Web site. And, as needed, I worked as News Editor, overseeing the daily work flow of the news operation.

Also, for eight years I was part of a program that brought a foreign journalist to the P-I to work and learn about U.S.-style journalism. I acted as mentor to the visiting journalist, going to D.C. to participate in an orientation program at the beginning of the visit and going again for an evaluation at the end of the five-month program. During the journalist’s stay at the P-I, I was the primary editor and oversaw all aspects of the program.

Overseas work-related trips at the P-I have included Iraq (three times), Honduras, Mongolia, Lebanon, Syria (twice), Taiwan, Indonesia and Bangladesh. A number of stories were award-winning, and many sparked considerable community interest as well as radio and TV interviews, City Club appearances and other speaking engagements.

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Cincinnati, Ohio ………………………………………….. 1998

Wire Editor/Copy Desk Editor

My primary responsibility was to choose, edit and lay out pages for Page One and the inside section. As a copy editor, I edited stories for style and content and wrote headlines. Other responsibilities included working with reporters, photographers, artists and layout editors to move the best stories under tight deadlines for six separate editions.

THE HERALD Everett, WA ………………………………………….. 1991 – 1998

Wire Editor/Copy Desk Editor

My primary responsibility was to choose, edit and lay out pages for Page One and the inside section. As a copy editor, I edited stories for style and content and wrote headlines. Other responsibilities included working with reporters, photographers, artists and layout editors to get the best content in the printed paper and online.

THE HERALD Pleasanton, CA………………………………………….. 1988 – 1990

Reporter/Copy Desk Editor

I wrote stories on various beats, including City Hall and Police. As a copy editor, I edited stories for style and content and wrote headlines.

CHINA RECONSTRUCTS Beijing, PRC ………………………………………..…………………..1986 – 1987

English-Language Editor

I “polished” articles for the English-language edition of a general-interest magazine. I worked with Chinese photographers and reporters on articles that often required heavy editing to preserve their voice while making them easily read by a Western audience. I also wrote articles and took photos for the magazine.

SENIOR MEDICATION EDUCATION PROGRAM San Francisco, CA……………………….. 1983 – 1988

Public Information Officer

I wrote, developed and coordinated a media and community outreach program to help promote awareness of medication misuse among seniors and methods of prevention. I also was a spokesperson for the program and a key contact for the news media. I also appeared in radio and TV public service announcements and wrote articles for local and regional newspapers. I also helped lobby state legislators in a yearlong campaign that resulted in the passage of a bill to promote education among senior citizens about medication misuse and preventative strategies.

FREELANCE WRITING/PHOTOGRAPHY In more than 35 countries ………………………. Since 1979

Clients have included: Mother Jones, Enquiry Magazine, RICE Magazine, Focus Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, New York City Tribune and the Kansas City Star.

Education

BA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif. 1976

Awards, grants and fellowships

Journalist-in-Residence, North Beach Elementary School, 2007-2009
Board of Directors, Common Language Project, nonprofit journalism, since 2008
Seattle Chapter-United Nations Association, Syria research grant, 2007
Fulbright Journalism Peer Review Committee, 2006-2008
East-West Center Seminar, Indonesia and Bangladesh, 2006
Fulbright Research Scholar, Taiwan, 2005
Gatekeeper Fellowship to Lebanon and Syria, 2004
National Press Foundation Fellowship, 2003
National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Diplomatic Correspondence Award, 2001
Society of Professional Journalists Award, Social Issues Reporting, 2001
Environmental Media Services, grant, 2001
James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, 1999
The 1982 Silver P.E.N. Award for Magazine Writing
Foundation for National Progress, grant, 1981
The Fund for Investigative Journalism, Inc., grant, 1980