About Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Dr. Jessica Johnson teaches English composition at Ohio State University’s Lima campus, specializing in cultural studies. She is a 2014 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute graduate (Society of Professional Journalists) and represented Ohio State at Lima in the 10th International Conference on Sport & Society at Ryerson University in Toronto. Johnson is a cultural critic who writes from a Christian perspective, and she serves as a special correspondent for The Columbus Dispatch, an opinion columnist for The Athens Banner-Herald and a guest columnist for The Lima News. Her columns examine faith-based, racial and social issues in popular culture, higher education, sports and politics. Some of her noted interviews include the late Bill Willis, one of the foursome that reintegrated the NFL in 1946; civil rights icon C.T. Vivian; Philadelphia Eagles safety and Players Coalition’s co-founder Malcolm Jenkins; former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas; Canadian Screen Award winner Stephan James; and Marlene Owens Rankin and Gloria Owens Hemphill, the daughters of Jesse Owens.

Johnson is also the author of Salt of the Earth Georgia Boy, a memoir chronicling the life of Dr. Wilburn H. Weddington Sr., who was born a sharecropper in 1924 in Hiram, Georgia, and became the first black physician to be promoted to full professor at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Johnson is active in the Columbus community through her church, Vision of Breath With Life Ministries, where she serves as a musician for the praise and worship team.

“I have never forgotten an essential truth that one of my English professors stressed in class during my freshman year when he said, ‘The mark of an educated person is one who reads.’”

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If I Had a Conversation With Brad Pitt Oct 17, 2019

I'm sure diehard Brad Pitt fans will be flocking to theaters to see his new film, "Ad Astra," a space drama that delves into deep existential questions. Pitt plays middle-aged astronaut Roy McBride, who is on a mission to Neptune to find answers abou... Read More

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Forgiving Amber Guyger Is a Gracious Act of Christian Love, Not Weakness Oct 10, 2019

It was the hug seen around the nation. Brandt Jean walked off the witness stand to embrace Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot and killed his older brother Botham. This showing of compassion gently defied courtroom protocol. It an... Read More

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Character, Not Money, Is Most Important for NCAA Student-Athletes Oct 03, 2019

California is known for prepping its residents to be earthquake-ready, and it's been a while since a major one hit the Golden State on the Pacific coast. This week, however, California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a seismic shift through the NCAA equivalen... Read More

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Hope for Trolls Sep 26, 2019

Trolling on social media, unfortunately, has become a sinister American pastime. It is by far the worst liability of the otherwise great technology that connects, informs and often inspires us. Concealing themselves behind menacing avatars and userna... Read More