Joshua Johnson is a breakout public media star, most recently co-creator and host of the provocative nationwide public radio series, Truth Be Told, which explored race in America.

Joshua was born and raised in West Palm Beach and has a passion for lifelong learning. As the son of a public schoolteacher and a Vietnam veteran, he says that his parents and mentors ingrained in him the values of love, learning, and service.

“My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service,” Joshua notes. “This moment in history demands these attributes of us. It’s a chance to tell stories more creatively, to explore ideas beyond our own, and to refocus on serving others.”

Joshua has been at the forefront of public media innovation. He began his career helping to launch a unique partnership between south Florida’s NPR news station, WLRN, and the Miami Herald. He served for over five years as morning newscaster for KQED in San Francisco, where he became one of the station’s stars.

Joshua has a natural affinity for working across media platforms. He teaches podcasting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and frequently moderates public discussions, including a recent series on equity in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. You can follow him on Twitter.

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