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NPR’s Joshua Johnson Discusses Covering Mass Shootings, And Filling Diane Rehm’s Shoes

Joshua Johnson, the host of NPR’s 1A, talks with Houston Matters about his show and the challenges of stepping into some of the biggest shoes in public radio after Diane Rehm’s retirement.

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Joshua Johnson is the host of the NPR show 1A.

Joshua Johnson, the host of NPR’s 1A, is in Houston this week to produce several episodes of his program. Johnson and his staff had been planning this trip for a while — at least in part to get a first-hand look at recovery efforts after Harvey.

However, they — like the rest of us — were shocked to find themselves just a couple hours’ drive away from the horrific mass shooting Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

Johnson joins Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to talk about how he and his show cover mass shootings — something, sadly, he’s had to do more and more often these days.

Then, we discuss his show and the challenges of stepping into some of the biggest shoes in public radio after Diane Rehm’s retirement.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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