Home » News » Featured Alumnus: Mark Johnson (IPJ 86, ICPES 87)

Featured Alumnus: Mark Johnson (IPJ 86, ICPES 87)


Mark Johnson (IPJ 86, ICPES 87) covers the War in Iraq for The Charlotte Observer.
Mark Johnson (IPJ 86, ICPES 87) covers the War in Iraq for The Charlotte Observer.

After years of journalistic experience on his high school and DePauw University newspapers, Mark Johnson (IPJ 86, ICPES 87) came to the Institute on Political Journalism during the summer of his sophomore and junior years. He interned at the Reagan White House in the Office of Communications.

He returned to TFAS the following summer, this time attending the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems for “a chance to have the same kind of incredibly fun and extremely enriching summer as I did in IPJ.”

Johnson’s his summer as an intern for the Dole for President exploratory committee enhanced his rising “Potomac Fever,” and convinced him that he would someday return to Washington as a journalist.

Upon graduating, Johnson was awarded a news writing and editing fellowship at the Poynter Institute in Florida.

Johnson resumed his journalism career at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, covering the police beat. In 1993, he was promoted to cover national criminal justice and legal issues for Media General Newspapers in Washington, D.C.

In 2000, Johnson took his Washington experience to Raleigh, N.C., covering state government and politics for The Charlotte Observer. He continues his active participation with TFAS, serving on the IPJ Board of Visitors, helping arrange guest speakers and internships and moderating panel discussions.


Recent Posts


WATCH: Courageous Leaders: Challenging the Status Quo – 2024 Capitol Hill Lecture Series Videos

For the 12th year, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and the Office of Senator Rand Paul are pleased to co-host the Capitol Hill Lecture Series, an inspiring series of talks featuring courageous thought leaders who challenge the status quo to uncover the…

Mitch Daniels Isn’t Done Yet

This article by Jack Butler, Novak ’22, originally appeared in National Review. You can find the original article here. When last I checked in on former Indiana governor and former Purdue University president Mitch Daniels, I was a little disappointed.…

TFAS Summer Programs in Washington, D.C. Begin

This summer, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is buzzing with excitement as a dynamic new group of 275 students join its eight-week D.C. Academic Internship Programs in Washington, D.C. It’s a season of transformation, as these eager young leaders…