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Johnson named community editor of Pioneer Journal

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson has been promoted to community editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

Johnson, a Verndale graduate, replaces Paula Quam, who will remain editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus.

"I look forward to focusing my efforts on an area that I've considered home for much of my life," Johnson said. "I love sharing great stories and look forward to sharing the news of this great region."

Johnson earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for a number of publications, including The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; the Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; the Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; the Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; the Leader-News in Washburn, N.D., and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since last November.

"I know how important good communications are in relationships and the community newspaper continues to be a source for people to communicate with their neighbors and the community they live in," Johnson said. "I look forward to communicating the needs, wants, joys and heartaches that can keep a community engaged and working together."

Publisher Jason Miller is excited to see Johnson begin his new role with the PJ.

"It's important to have a full-time editor in Wadena and I'm beyond excited to have an editor of Michael's caliber take on the role," Miller said. "He knows and loves the area and will do a fantastic job covering the events and issues that are important to Wadena and the surrounding area."

Johnson is excited to focus his efforts on the Wadena community.

"I really look forward to getting to know the community better and watching this place do great things," Johnson said. "I know I can only be successful if the community treats this as their paper, a place their voice can be heard."