Joshua Johnson

Since July 2010 Joshua Johnson (Twitter @jejohnson322) has been the Morning Newscaster on KQED Public Radio. Yes, that really is his "normal voice". He also guest-hosts KQED's public affairs program Forum and contributes to the television program KQED Newsroom.

Reporter’s Notebook: Fate of African-American Boys in Oakland ‘Not Just a Story About Race’

Oakland’s African-American male students have a disappointing high school graduation rate, their efforts often dragged down by poverty, crime and too many absences. More than half of African-American boys now in middle school are at risk of dropping out of high school. Oakland Unified is fighting back with something school districts usually leave to community … Continue reading Reporter’s Notebook: Fate of African-American Boys in Oakland ‘Not Just a Story About Race’ →

5 Things To Know About ‘Stand Your Ground’ In California

Think the George Zimmerman verdict couldn’t have happened under California law? Not necessarily. Florida may have a so-called “stand-your-ground” policy written into its laws, but it is possible that a California jury under very similar circumstances could have also handed down an acquittal. KQED’s Joshua Johnson discussed California’s stand-your-ground defense with Professor Rory Little of … Continue reading 5 Things To Know About ‘Stand Your Ground’ In California →

Bedbugs and Asbestos: A San Francisco Public Housing Resident’s Odyssey

On Tuesday, the city’s legislative analyst released a damning audit of San Francisco’s Housing Authority. Federal regulators are working with the agency to better manage its money and properties, which house about 31,000 people. Many tenants live in housing plagued by crime and blight, and have long complained about how hard it is just to … Continue reading Bedbugs and Asbestos: A San Francisco Public Housing Resident’s Odyssey →

Campos Hopes SF Housing Authority Audit Will Bring Transparency, Improved Service

Updated on June 4: An audit of the San Francisco Housing Authority finds that the program is about to run out of money, and has serious problems with management, oversight, vision and planning. Released Monday, the audit examines how well San Francisco’s Housing Authority is managing its multimillion-dollar budget and keeping up with the property … Continue reading Campos Hopes SF Housing Authority Audit Will Bring Transparency, Improved Service →

Learning How to Respond to a Boston-Style Emergency

The attack at the Boston Marathon might have you pondering an unsettling question: What if I had been there? What would I have done? Would I know what to do? And if I have no idea what to do, how would I even learn — other than becoming a paramedic? Across the Bay Area and … Continue reading Learning How to Respond to a Boston-Style Emergency →

How Joe McConnell Sorts Out Bay Area Traffic (Archival Video)

On March 27th the Golden Gate Bridge will convert to all-electronic tolling. That’s big news to people who drive between Marin County and San Francisco. But it’s just one piece of the Bay Area’s traffic puzzle to traffic reporter Joe McConnell, a man who knows these highways better than just about anyone. McConnell has worked … Continue reading How Joe McConnell Sorts Out Bay Area Traffic (Archival Video) →

4 Tips for Recovering Your Stolen Phone or Tablet

If you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet, take a moment right now to survey your surroundings, especially if you’re out in public. That device could make you a prime target, but there are ways to protect yourself even if it gets stolen. Mobile device theft has been in the news lately. Police recently … Continue reading 4 Tips for Recovering Your Stolen Phone or Tablet →