Lisa Johnson

Morning Announcer

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.

Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning.  She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.

Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland.  She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.

Ways to Connect

Author Cheryl Blackford was inspired by the sight of urban coyotes in her Twin Cities neighborhood to write this gorgeously illustrated children's book. Published by MN Historical Society Press.

Tim Bates is the associate director of Rec Sports on campus ... and he says the skiing is great at UMD's Bagley Nature Center.

Tom H. Swain's long career spanned the spheres of politics, education, and business.  But for decades, even long past retirement, he has also served on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. We talk with him about his memoir, and his life of hard work and dedicated service.  The book will be published in April by the University of Minnesota Press.

Pamela Fletcher talks about - and reads from - her contributions to the anthology "Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota." Published by MN Historical Society Press.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay

“Black lives matter.” “Blue lives (meaning police officers) matter.”  Here in Duluth, we like to think all lives matter and in our comparatively small town, with a comparatively small number of people of color, we like to think that we don’t have the kinds of issues and tensions that you find in other places around the nation.

©Pupparazzi-Companion Animal Photography

Julia Cross on mushing, being sworn in as a mail carrier, writing for The Sled Dogger magazine, borrowing dogs because her father is allergic ... and other typically 12 year old things!


Lori Evert is an author, her husband Per Breiehagen is a professional photographer and their daughter, Anja, stars in another magical photographic fairy tale.

Actor, playwright, director and UMD theater professor Tom Isbell, it turns out, is an author, too. He talks about his "dark side" and incorporating a lesson into his book that humanity just can't seem to master. Published by Harper Collins.

Master gardener Tom Kasper salutes the potato as the vegetable of the year, and gives a rundown of some important calendar events for 2015.

In her book, author and historian Brenda Child tells her own family's stories from the Red Lake Reservation and stories of a people trying to sustain their lifeways and their families during the World War I era and the Great Depression.

CHUM Duluth

There will be plenty of time in 2015 to talk about the challenges in our community, but first, let's take some time to look at what went right in 2014.

From environmental issues, progress looking after the city's most vulnerable residents, to Duluth's splash after splash on national media, there's a lot going on to be excited about.

Author Lori Evert and her husband, nationally-recognized photographer Per Breiehagen, were captivated by their daughter, Anja, in some of the traditional Norwegian garb given her by her grandma.  The result is a magical fantasy called "The Christmas Wish."  Published by Random House.

 

Author Deb Larson talks about the experiences in her own family that shaped her story "One Frozen Lake," about a grandfather introducing his grandchild to the wonders of ice fishing.

Author Andy Steiner talks about the idea of resilience ... and how the people she interviewed for her book demonstrate that we may have more than we think.

Flickr/ CDC Global

Readers know that Ebola makes for a terrifying threat in novels.  Whether the characters are endangered by it as a flesh-eating disease or the bad guys are plotting bioterrorism with it, most people are only familiar with the virus as a plot contrivance in a book.

Once Ebola stepped off the page, though, and became a global concern – or panic, if you will – conflicting information AND conflicting attitudes began to emerge.

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