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Johnson Brian

Brian Johnson

120 Gregory Hall


M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Professor of Journalism

Course Specialties

Advanced photojournalism


Johnson is a former staff photojournalist at a daily newspaper and has been teaching at the University of Illinois since 1988. Johnson has received recognition for his teaching including being selected as a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar and as Faculty Member of the Year from the University of Illinois Dads Association. He was twice the head of the Visual Communications Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the former vice president of the Illinois Press Photographers Association.

Research/Creative Endeavor

Johnson has received more than 60 national, regional and state awards for his photojournalism, multimedia and videos. Johnson’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsday and others. He was the editor of the book, “C-U in Seven Plus, A Week (Plus a little bit more) in the Life of Champaign-Urbana.” His multimedia project, “This Bond,” won Best Faculty Creative Project from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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