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Sue Johnson

Emerging Fields, 2000



Sue Jaye Johnson spearheaded an unprecedented collaboration between The New York Times, NPR and WNYC to tell the story of the first women to box in the Olympic games. The series included a NY Times Magazine photo essay and several radio features co-produced with reporter Marianne McCune. Johnson gave gold medalist Claressa Shields a microphone and recorder to document her journey to the Olympic Trials. Claressa’s diary, co-produced with Radio Diaries, won the Peabody Award and the Third Coast Audio Festival’s Gold Medal. Johnson is co-producing T-REX, a documentary film about Claressa’s Olympic journey. From 2003-2007, she lived in South Africa where she co-produced Mandela: An Audio History for NPR and co-founded Iliso Labantu to provide training and support for local photographers. She has taught visual and audio storytelling at Harvard University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


 

http://www.suejaye.com
NY Times photo essay
www.lmakprojects.com/artists?id=31

Awards and Accomplishments

2015:

Johnson's filmT-Rex screens at SXSW in Austin, TX

2013:

Johnson's Teen Contender, the story of Claressa Shield's Olympic journey, co-produced with Joe Richman and Samara Freemark of Radio Diaries, wins a Peabody Award

2012:

Johnson launches multimedia project about women boxers training for their first Olympic games (summer 2012) with publication of photo essay in The New York Times Magazine

2012:

Johnson's Teen Contender, the story of Claressa Shield's Olympic journey, co-produced with Joe Richman and Samara Freemark of Radio Diaries, wins The Third Coast Audio Festival's Gold Mdeal