Jenna Johnson named Washington Post Deputy Democracy Editor

Press release | The Washington Post

Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, Senior National Surveys Editor Peter Wallsten and Democracy Editor Griff Witte:

We are delighted to announce that Jenna Johnson will be our Deputy Democracy Editor, helping to lead a new team focused on threats to the electoral process and battles over voting rights.

Jenna will play a central role in managing reporters in Washington and across the country who will report on the impact of new election laws, political pressure on election administrators, and attempts to undermine the public will. She will also help lead collaborations with The Post journalists engaged in democracy coverage.

During her nearly 15 years at the Post, Jenna has worked across multiple desks and teamed up with nearly every section of the newsroom. Since her move to publishing last year, Jenna has distinguished herself with her sharp ideas and ability to elevate the work of journalists during stints in the Americas, Health, and Science and Politics desks.

Jenna worked as a national political reporter for six years, first covering Scott Walker 71 days as a presidential candidate then as the Post’s senior reporter on Donald Trump’s campaign, traveling to nearly every state to attend dozens of rallies and interview thousands of Trump supporters – waiting for hours after the campaign revoked media credentials for Post reporters. Jenna examined the types of communities where Trump hosted his events and documented how Trump did distrust of muslimsimmigrants and other marginalized groups a centerpiece of his speech to voters.

She started on Local in 2007 as a summer intern, covering DC crime, then moved to the now closed Southern Maryland bureau. For several years, Jenna covered higher education and youth culture, anchoring a blog. In early 2013, Jenna spent several weeks on the Syrian border in southern Turkey, reporting on refugees. The following year Jenna moved into politics and covered Maryland’s 2014 gubernatorial race and the Statehouse.

Jenna grew up in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Her parents, Jim and Bridget Johnson, met while working at their college newspaper and for several years owned two weekly newspapers in rural Iowa.

Please join us in congratulating Jenna on her new role, which begins immediately.