Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson is the creator and host of Truth Be Told, a special series on race from KQED and PRI. Prior to creating the show, he served as the station's morning news anchor for five-and-half years. Prior to joining KQED, Joshua spent six years as an anchor/reporter for WLRN Miami Herald News. He's a native of South Florida, with degrees from the University of Miami. His reporting and newscasting have won awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and from the National Association of Black Journalists. Joshua is also active in his union, SAG-AFTRA. He lives in San Francisco.

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 →

4.0 Quake Rattles Bay Area Awake, Reminder of Hayward Fault Stress

It wasn’t “The Big One” – not even close – but this morning’s 4.0 earthquake rattled buildings and some nerves around the Bay Area this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the temblor at 5:33 a.m. centered 5.5 miles below a country club in El Cerrito. Aftershocks of 2.0 and 1.1 magnitude followed. Some in … Continue reading 4.0 Quake Rattles Bay Area Awake, Reminder of Hayward Fault Stress →

Attorney: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against BART Police Will Proceed Despite DA Exoneration

A civil rights attorney says he is unmoved by official accounts of why a BART policeman shot a homeless man dead, and will sue the transit agency anyway. In a report made public Tuesday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón cleared BART police officer James Crowell of criminal wrongdoing, finding no grounds to charge him. … Continue reading Attorney: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against BART Police Will Proceed Despite DA Exoneration →

Tech Boom-Era Mall Reboots (Photos)

From the outside, San Francisco’s busy intersection of 4th and Mission might seem to have two shopping malls: one bustling on the northwest corner and one languid on the southeast. But if planners behind the revitalized Metreon have their way, that southeast corner will neither feel duplicative nor languid, as the complex relaunches this weekend. … Continue reading Tech Boom-Era Mall Reboots (Photos) →

Mark Zuckerberg Admits ‘A Bunch of Mistakes’ as Facebook Settles Privacy Complaints

If you’ve ever felt that your information was never truly private on Facebook, the federal government agrees; and today the Palo Alto-based social network announced it would settle charges related to those very concerns. The Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Facebook, resolving its claims that the company repeatedly deceived members about just … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg Admits ‘A Bunch of Mistakes’ as Facebook Settles Privacy Complaints →

CNN’s “Black In America” Explores Silicon Valley’s Black Tech Entrepreneurs

They thought they were there just attending a welcome event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. In reality the group of Black tech entrepreneurs was in for a stressful but life-changing opportunity: the chance to pitch their idea to some of Silicon Valley’s best minds. Unfortunately, as the feedback showed, they weren’t really ready. I … Continue reading CNN’s “Black In America” Explores Silicon Valley’s Black Tech Entrepreneurs →

PG&E Fixing Woodside Pipe That Failed Pressure Test

Engineers with PG&E are figuring out how best to remove and replace a two-foot-long section of gas pipeline in Woodside that burst after failing a pressure test on Sunday. It’s a section of Line 132: the ill-fated conduit that exploded under a neighborhood in San Bruno in September 2010, leveling homes and killing eight people. … Continue reading PG&E Fixing Woodside Pipe That Failed Pressure Test →

Feds Award $30 Million to Remake S.F. Housing Project

What do you do with a housing project of 256 dilapidated units, tucked into a little-seen corner of town? Tear it down — but not before you build it back better. That’s the plan for San Francisco’s Alice Griffith Public Housing Development, bolstered by a first-of-its-kind federal grant worth $30.5 million. City leaders announced the … Continue reading Feds Award $30 Million to Remake S.F. Housing Project →

Bayview Shooting: Explaining the Discrepancy Between SFPD Guns and Bullet Found in Kenneth Harding

UPDATE, 1:13 PM: Another possibility in this matter is that sometimes officers carry backup weapons on the job, with the approval of their departments. This would be, perhaps, a firearm purchased personally that can be carried on one’s person while on-duty. I asked SFPD about this, and Sgt. Michael Andraychak just informed me that this … Continue reading Bayview Shooting: Explaining the Discrepancy Between SFPD Guns and Bullet Found in Kenneth Harding →

SFPD Chief Suhr Walks Out of Chaotic Bayview Town Hall; Video, Interview With Suhr Afterward

I’m just finishing up my radio report on tonight’s town hall meeting at the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco’s Bayview district, organized in response to Saturday’s police shooting of 19-year-old parolee Kenneth Harding. The standing-room-only event degenerated into chaos and started clearing out soon after SFPD Chief Greg Suhr took the podium. Eventually he … Continue reading SFPD Chief Suhr Walks Out of Chaotic Bayview Town Hall; Video, Interview With Suhr Afterward →

Inside the San Francisco taping of “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

If you’ve only ever heard “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”, then you really don’t know the show at all. You literally have to see it to believe it. We may have been the largest audience ever at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House: packed to the rafters, standing-room-only, portable chairs covering what’s usually an open … Continue reading Inside the San Francisco taping of “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” →