Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson

Managing Editor, Detroit Lakes Tribune & Perham Focus

I like my work to contribute to the community in a positive, meaningful way.

I've been at community newspapers for more than 20 years, and I've worn a lot of hats: Reporter, editor, page designer, website administrator, photographer and special sections coordinator. I've covered issues and events that range from city council meetings to mutant frogs, national health crises to small-town hotdish competitions.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

As managing editor of the Tribune and Focus, I'm the primary contact for internal company communications involving the local editorial staff, and I help facilitate company-wide initiatives at the local editorial level. I lead team meetings and oversee hiring and other personnel issues. You won't see my byline on many news stories these days, but I do still write occasional editorials and columns about myself or my community.

Outside of Newspaperland, I love to bird, hike, kayak, flower garden and just be out in nature. My Happy Place is my front porch swing – especially when my husband, Dan, and our two young kids, Simon and Josephine, are nearby, along with our four furry family members: Snug the pug, Lou the Labrador, and our two guinea pigs, Dinkles and Weebly.

A trained singer, I've performed in community musicals as well as with a jazz trio and folk duo. Motherhood keeps me pretty busy these days, but I still like to share my voice when the rare opportunity arises. I'm a lifelong music, movie and all-around arts enthusiast, and in recent years I've taken a liking to restoring old wood furniture.