Morehouse Research Institute

Advisory Board

Mr. Jeff Johnson

Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, social activist, political commentator, and author.  From his celebrated conversations with marquee world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas to his grass-roots trench work to inspire the next generation of leaders; investigative journalist, political correspondent, and activist, Jeff Johnson continues to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change. 

Currently, Jeff is a MSNBC contributor and the executive editor of He is also the weekly commentator on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show tackling issues on politics, entertainment and social policy issues. Johnson is currently the Chairman and CEO of the Jeff Johnson Institute for Urban Development, a solutions-based institution currently leading a 5-year project to recruit and develop 80,000 black male teachers.  

Formally, Jeff spent seven years providing commentary and news content for Black Entertainment Television, earning a reputation as the "conscience voice" of the networks for his positive force among youth and young adults.  

Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, including his work as Senior Advisor for Media and Youth Outreach for People for the American Way, National Director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).   

The only American reporter to receive an exclusive post-inauguration interview with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female head of state and Liberia's first elected female president. Johnson is also one of only two news correspondents to receive an exclusive interview with Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir, who has not granted interviews with American media outlets for thirteen years.  

Johnson won a 2008 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for BET's "Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports" series. A source of information quoted in, Newsweek, Upscale, Ebony and The Boston Globe. He regularly contributes commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for multiple news broadcasts and publications. 

Johnson serves on the boards of the Morehouse Research Institute, the National Urban Fellows, HBCU Hall of Fame Foundation, and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH. He consistently challenges communities to weigh innovative solutions to resolve historic and systemic social imbalances and inequalities. He resides in Baltimore, MD and is the proud father of Madison, Myles, and Malcolm.

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