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.

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 →