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MSNBC Contributor and White House Correspondent for The Grio

Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator, and author.  From his celebrated conversations with marquee world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas to his grass-roots trench work to inspire the next generation of leaders; investigative journalist, political correspondent, and activist, Jeff Johnson continues to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur…

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Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator, and author.  From his celebrated conversations with marquee world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas to his grass-roots trench work to inspire the next generation of leaders; investigative journalist, political correspondent, and activist, Jeff Johnson continues to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change.

Currently, Jeff is a MSNBC contributor and the Chief White House Correspondent for TheGrio.com. He is also the weekly commentator on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show tackling issues on politics, entertainment and social policy issues. Johnson is also currently the Chairman and CEO of the Jeff Johnson Institute for Urban Development, a solutions based institution currently leading a 5 year project to recruit and develop 80,000 black male teachers.

Formally Jeff spent seven years providing commentary and news content for Black Entertainment Television, earning a reputation as the “conscience voice” of the networks for his positive force among youth and young adults.

Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, including his work as Senior Advisor for Media and Youth Outreach for People for the American Way, National Director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).

The only American reporter to receive an exclusive post-inauguration interview with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state and Liberia’s first elected female president, Johnson is also one of only two news correspondents to receive an exclusive interview with Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir, who has not granted interviews with American media outlets for thirteen years.

Johnson won a 2008 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for BET’s “Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports” series. A source of information quoted in, Newsweek, Upscale, Ebony and The Boston Globe. He regularly contributes commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for multiple news broadcasts and publications.

Johnson serves on the boards of the National Urban Fellows, HBCU Hall of Fame Foundation, and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH. He consistently challenges communities to weigh innovative solutions to resolve historic and systemic social imbalances and inequalities. He resides in Baltimore, MD and is the proud father of Madison, Myles, and Malcolm.

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  • A Stronger America – Making the Grade
    Education is a community value. During this presentation, Johnson discusses one essential reality: For America’s schools to perform at their best, it will take the collective effort of the public and private sector. He highlights best practices for the corporate community to become more involved in promoting and advancing education–both locally and nationally–without playing education politics.
  • We Are Not All the Same: The Complexity of Branding to Communities of Color
    Provide corporations with an overview of the nuances of the black community and the strategies for reaching the diverse demographics within the community. Additionally corporations will be given tools for developing multiply messages that ensure reach to the numerous black silos and increase market share.
  • Beyond Diversity: Moving Your Company Beyond Affirmative Action
    Most diversity initiatives are about ensuring a rainbow coalition staff with a mandate of sensitivity. Smart companies not only recognize the value of a diverse team, but have mastered ways to value difference and use member strengths to create community amongst staff that encourages maximum productivity. This presentation will provide corporate leaders with strategies to move beyond diversity and building strong staff communities.
  • Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?
    Johnson discusses the importance of finding a new leader to reclaim the mantle of luminaries like Martin Luther King, Jr. He encourages audiences to help their communities and each other by continuing the legacy of great social leaders and rising up to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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