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CoastLine: Joshua Johnson of 1A On Leaning Into Tense Conversations And Dinner With Kim Jong Un

Joshua Johnson hosts 1A weekdays from 10 AM - Noon.

Joshua Johnson is the Host of 1A, the successor to the long-running and hugely popular Diane Rehm show.  Before his move to the nation’s capitol, he lived in San Francisco, where he served as KQED’s morning newscaster. 

He has taught courses in podcasting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.  Just two years ago, he started hosting Truth Be Told for KQED – a show about race in America.  Soon after that – literally just a few months -- Diane Rehm and WAMU quietly began planning for Rehm’s retirement by auditioning hosts.  Joshua Johnson was the last to audition. 

1A launched in January of 2017.

Listen to the show (by clicking on the button at the top of this post) to hear a conversation about his approach to difficult conversations and how he processes the fire in his belly.


Joshua Johnson, Host of 1A, produced by WAMU, distributed by NPR


Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.