TyLisa C. Johnson is a reporter, author, and speaker from Wilmington, Delaware. She has worked with Tampa Bay Times , The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, The Dallas Morning News, ProPublica, Tallahassee Democrat, The News Journal, FAMU’s Sirius XM Radio + others. She has spoken on panels, organized events and knows how to crochet, thanks to her mom.
Right now, she is one of the first-ever Lenfest Fellows with The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she works as a Staff Writer and reports on people, social issues and inequity in marginalized, minority and otherwise forgotten groups and communities.
In the past, she’s covered breaking news about gruesome murders and the families they hurt, court rehabilitation programs, financial irregularities and improprieties in her University’s administration and more. In June 2017, she wrote two of her favorite stories for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She frolicked around Harlem learning about James Baldwin’s life and dug through health data that revealed health disparities by zip code and race in Manhattan.
At her alma mater, Florida A&M University she led the student magazine Journey to multiple awards over two years and was the beat reporter at The Famuan for the University’s administration during a tumultuous time. She was an NABJ Columbia University fellow in 2017 and also a State Department Gilman Scholar in 2015 while she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain.
Her goal? To hold companies, organizations, people and herself accountable. She aspires to tell real, investigative stories about social justice, criminal justice, health, women’s issues, race and the people they affect.
TyLisa graduated with the highest honors in April 2017 with a B.S. from FAMU’s School of Journalism.
For business inquiries, or just to holla — drop a line @ tylisacjohnson[at]gmail[dot]com.
Twitter & Instagram: @tylisajohnson