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.

County will provide testing for neighbors of Florida’s lead smelter
The move was prompted by a Tampa Bay Times investigation that found hundreds of workers at the smelter were exposed to high amounts of toxic chemicals.
April 22, 2021
POISONED: Part 2: The Failings
Equipment designed to control poisons inside Gopher Resource kept breaking down, creating more dangers for workers. As violations mounted, regulators have been absent.
March 29, 2021
POISONED: Part 1: The Factory
Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.
March 24, 2021