Corey G. Johnson
Investigative reporter, Tampa Bay Times
Corey Johnson is a reporter on the investigative unit at the Tampa Bay Times, one of FRONTLINE's inaugural Local Journalism Initiative partners.
While working at the Center for Investigative Reporting, he uncovered systemic weaknesses in earthquake protections at thousands of California public schools. That work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the prestigious Gold Medal from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Scripps Howard Award for Public Service, and the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.
His expose of California’s illegal and coerced sterilizations of imprisoned women spurred legislative hearings, a state audit, several criminal investigations and the creation of a law banning the practice. It was recently turned into a movie called Belly of the Beast.
While at the Marshall Project, Corey and Ken Armstrong’s investigation of the harsh sentencing of juveniles triggered the release of a Baton Rouge man who was imprisoned for life for throwing a single punch in childhood fight.
More recently, Corey’s stories have prompted the discovery of dangerous amounts of lead in the drinking water of Florida schools and kickstarted the FBI’s investigation of a local religious leader.
Corey is from Atlanta, GA and is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fl.