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

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You may have heard about the push for STEM learning in the schools - STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. And no wonder, since that's where more and more good jobs and salaries are - including right here in the Northland. But the number of graduates in these fields is decreasing and girls and women continue to be underrepresented.

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Community Conversations goes over the Duluth City Council meeting regarding sustainability

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Community Conversations takes a disturbing look at a problem more widespread in the Northland than anyone thought, with guests from PAVSA, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons. Sex trafficking - what it is, what it's NOT, and the conversations you should be having with your kids.

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St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin; Duluth Superintendent of Schools Bill Gronseth; Craig Grau, retired political science professor at UMD; and Gunsmith Brent Gurtek of French River Muzzleloaders are our guests.

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Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Sharland, senior research scientist Dr. Steve Waring and Dr. Angela Hauger, a clinical gero-psychologist at the College of St. Scholastica are our guests.

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Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Jim Benning of Public Works, and Marianne Bohren of WLSSD join us for a conversation about Duluth's aging infrastructure, past, present and future.

Ron Boshey
Lisa Johnson

The excitement and noise that is the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon stops for a few moments at the beginning of the race, to honor John Beargrease and all the beings present. The man who offers the ceremony is Ron Boshey, the great great grandson of John Beargrease.


Comfort Dog
Lisa Johnson

Stephanie Love and Blake Cazier have provided a home - and some retirement fun for the dogs and the community - through a business they say encourages "people and animal powered exploration of the outdoors."


Pat Henderson is the senior winemaker at the winery in Sonoma Valley that Jack London founded - the winery that funded the adventures he turned into books like "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."


Reflections of 9/11

Sep 8, 2011

Listen to KUMD's radio panel discussion from September 9th, 2011 "Reflections of 9/11" with host Lisa Johnson.

Reflections on 9/11

Guest panelists include Paula Pedersen from the UMD Psychology department, Dan Martin from the UMD Sociology Department and Nik Hassan, from the Twin Ports Muslim Center. These wonderful experts shared their perspectives on how the tragedy of September 11th changed our world forever.

Bill Olson
Lisa Johnson

First time musher Bill Olson talks about his five month journey from Beargrease fan to Beargrease musher, his training, his dogs and the way his life has changed.


Dr. Linda Grover is a professor of American Indian Studies at UMD, a member of the Bois Forte band of Ojibwe, and the guest curator of the St. Louis County Historical Society's "Ojibwe Faces and Stories" exhibit. She talks about the artist, Eastman Johnson, and his partnership with the Ojibwe communities he painted.


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Musher, trainer and four-time Beargrease winner Jamie Nelson talks about her team, her work in the off-season, and why she doesn't mind being beaten in a race by former students.


Jason Burnett is the great-grandson of John Beargrease and an amateur historian. He talks about the insights into the man behind the legend his research has uncovered.


Jeff King, "winningest musher in the world" and keynote speaker at this year's event, talks summer training, technology and mushing and why he may run the Beargrease one of these years.


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