Joshua Johnson hosts 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.
“My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service,” Joshua says. “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 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.