Stephon Johnson is a staff writer at the New York Amsterdam News, one of the most influential black newspapers in the United States. He's covered news, politics, labor issues, sports and arts & entertainment for the publication since 2007. His work has also appeared on BaebleMusic.com, Spitkicker.com, MLBReports.com, TheClassical.org and was also featured on the Voices of NY website VoicesOfNY.org.
Johnson has interviewed elected officials, athletes, musicians, models, social activists and public figures from all walks of life. He also appeared on NY1's "Inside City Hall" television program hosted by Errol Louis.
A native New Yorker, Johnson was born and raised in The Bronx where he attended the Bronx High School of Science as a teenager. After graduating from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication and a minor in History, he spent time doing grant writing and communications work for non-profit organizations, working with special needs teenagers, and completing a political reporting fellowship at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.
Johnson's work earned him a first-place finish in the "Community Print - Public Affairs" category during the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) Awards in 2011 (The winning story was a feature on New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and his issues with the black community). That same year, he finished as a finalist in the "Economic Empowerment" category at the MIllerCoors Messenger Awards for his work on Walmart's attempts to open a store in New York City. Johnson also collaborated on a story with Megan Finnegan Bungeroth concerning diversity in New York City's specialized high schools that earned them a third-place finish for Best Investigative/In-Depth Story at the 2012 Ippies Awards, which focuses on local independent media.
Johnson currently resides with his wife in New York City. You can contact him via email at StephonJohnson1982@gmail.com or on this page.