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NABJ Mourns the Loss of Editor and Publisher, Al Johnson

Tuesday, October 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 4, 2016) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of member Al Johnson, a former editor at Knight-Ridder newspapers in the 1990s. He died last month in Summerfield, North Carolina, at age 70.

Johnson joined the Charlotte Observer as a reporter in 1977 and left the newspaper in 1986 to become executive managing editor of the Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune.

At the Observer, he served successively as an investigative reporter, assistant state editor, York Observer editor, regional editor and assistant to the editor.


He later became executive editor and vice president of the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia. When Johnson was named editor in Columbus, it was the first time an African-American had held such a position at a newspaper in the South, the newspaper reported.

Johnson also served as associate publisher of the Houston Business Journal in Texas. He then was publisher of The Business Journal in Greensboro, and his last position was editor of Business East, a monthly business-to-business publication in New Bern, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Johnson is a former board member of NABJ and was a member of the American Society of News Editors.

He is survived by his wife, three children, and their four grandchildren.

NABJ's thoughts are with Johnson's family, his colleagues, and friends during this difficult time.

About the National Association of Black Journalists:

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.

*News reports were used to compile this release.

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