Editorial Writer | Opinion

Denise has been an editorial writer at the Star Tribune since 1996. Before joining the editorial board, she was a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and wrote editorials for the Miami Herald. She currently writes about urban affairs and a variety of other topics, but specializes in covering K-12 education. Johnson has also worked for the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, D.C., and done diversity training locally and nationally. Earlier in her career, she hosted and produced news and issues public affairs shows on Twin Cities public television. The recipient of several journalism awards, she was honored in 2007 with the Frank Premack Graven award for career contributions to public journalism. Johnson lives with her husband in St. Paul, her hometown, and they have one grown daughter.

Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker on Minnesota's return to school

A talk with Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of 'Hidden Figures'

Shetterly's bestseller is now an Oscar-nominated movie. She discusses the book, the film, her links to the true story and more.

Updating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Many bridges yet to cross, longtime civil rights leader Vernon Jordan tells Minneapolis audience.

Matthew Little made Minnesota a better place for all

Civil-rights leader and activist led the way on fair housing and equal employment.

Overcoming Washington gridlock for the greater good

Political insider Donna Brazile says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have urged finding areas of agreement.

San Antonio mayor puts spotlight on education

Julian Castro recognizes how much cities can gain by closing achievement gaps.

Minnesotans remember March on Washington

Among those in the Minnesota delegation were local civil-rights activists Josie Johnson and Matt Little. Johnson, now 82, and Little, now 92, reflect on the march and today's realities.

Investing in kids

Spending early can pay off later.

School lockdown: A balance well struck

It's an unfortunate byproduct of our high-tech age: the internet provides new ways to harass and intimidate. The entire Minneapolis school system and several schools in St. Paul learned that the hard way on Wednesday when more than 60 buildings were locked down after shooting threats appeared on social networking websites.

Teaching teachers

The research is conclusive: A quality, effective teacher is the most important school-based way to help students learn. That's why the Bush Foundation wisely announced a $40 million grant over the next decade to transform teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.