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

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.

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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.

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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.

Author and erstwhile standup comedian Lorna Landvik talks about her (almost) autobiographical book, "Best To Laugh.

Molly Beth Griffin is here to talk about her book, Rhoda's Rock Hunt, a children's book following the story of little Rhoda's adventure while on a hike with her aunt and uncle. The book is illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. For more information on Rhoda's Rock Hunt, visit mollybethgriffen.com

Minnesota Reads on Northland Morning features Minnesota authors talking about their work. Join us Thursday mornings at 8:15 for Minnesota Reads, here on Northland Morning, your community connection.

The Safe and Supportive Schools act was signed into law in April of 2014 and now the conversation is turning to, not only ways to protect the victims, but the appropriate way to deal with their harassers. Duluth Mayor Don Ness has launched the Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying and other conversations are taking place about the bullies themselves.

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The videotape of Ray Rice punching his now-wife in the face and knocking her unconscious, the news that Adrian Peterson used a switch on his four year old son hard enough to leave marks, has brought the public consciousness back to the issue of domestic violence, accountability, why women stay and a host of other topics.

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The death of comedian, actor and philanthropist Robin Williams has left the world reeling.  Monday night at 6pm, Community Conversations will focus on depression and identity.  Are you a human being or a human "doing," and how does that make you feel?  Plus information about help for depression sufferers and their families right here in the Twin Ports. 

A panel discussion on companion animals and the part they play in our lives, plus the changes coming up thanks to the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill, which went into effect July 1.

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Duluth City Councilor Emily Larson; JP Rennquist, community activist and advocate for fathers and familes and the head of UMD’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, Beth Bartlett, meet to talk about the Women's Economic Security Act.

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Freelance writer Jonah Lehrer and psychology professor at California State University Fresno Dr. Martin Shapiro are the guests at UMD's first Creativity Conference. 

In addition to classroom appearances, panel discussions and TED Talk-style lectures, they joined KUMD's Lisa Johnson in the studio to talk about creativity and the brain.

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Even though one out of four people suffer from some form of mental illness, the stigma persists. Find out what a pair of UMD alums (and documentary filmmakers) and Miss Minneapolis 2014 are doing to change the public perception of mental illness and its sufferers.

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