About the Reporting Labs
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs are classrooms, after-school programs and clubs around the country producing original, inspiring reports about how national and global issues affect local communities.
Susan Matthis Johnson was a print journalism teacher for seventeen years and 2005 West Virginia Journalism Teacher of the Year before making the transition seven years ago into broadcast journalism. With no experience in videography, she purchased a video camera, a MacBook Pro and other equipment with grant money from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association to replace the school newspaper with a bi-weekly television news program.
In 2012, childhood friend Joanna Greer from JFK High School told her about the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program. JFK students visited her high school in the fall of 2012 and the two schools have collaborated on two stories. Susan also teaches AP English and writes poetry and fiction, some of which has been published in AMERICA, The Atlanta Review, The Laurel Review, and others. She and her husband have five children and three grandchildren.