Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson is the executive editor of Stateline, a daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts.  Stateline provides timely and analytical reporting to policymakers and the public.

Johnson guides a team of journalists in conceptualization, research, and writing for both daily features and special series. She oversees coverage of a diverse range of issues and ensures Stateline serves as a unique and trusted resource for state-focused news and information.

Johnson is an award-winning veteran journalist who has held several top management positions with national news organizations. Prior to joining Pew she served as executive editor at Face the Facts USA, a project of George Washington University and as managing editor for politics at the Center for Public Integrity, the nation’s oldest investigative journalism website. Johnson was also executive editor for state news at AARP Bulletin, which has the largest magazine subscription base in the nation with 28 million readers.  While at the Associated Press, Johnson was the Washington bureau chief and directed their national political coverage for 22 years. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for public service in 2001 for her direction of AP's election night journalism in the contested 2000 presidential election. 

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from South Dakota State University.