Posted on: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Susan Matthis Johnson, '75, was recently featured on NPR for her work as a mentor for the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. She and her students were interviewed by Scott Finn of West Virginia Public Broadcasting for their work in producing a video, Mr. President, We Want You To Know about the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in West Virginia. The students were invited to cover the President's forum on the addiction problem in Charleston on October 21.
The video has received over 13,000 views on YouTube and an excerpt was featured on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff that same day.
That clip can also be viewed on YouTube, "Sobering stories of drug addition in West Virginia."
Susan is a broadcast journalism and English teacher in Richwood, West Virginia.
Pictured here: Top -- Susan Matthis Johnson (E&H '75) at a training at PBS NewsHour's production headquarters at WETA outside Washington, D.C. She is the sponsor of the Student Reporting Lab at Richwood High School in Richwood, West Virginia-one of 45 labs in the PBS reporting lab project. Her group was recently invited by the White House to cover the President's visit to Charleston to discuss the opioid abuse crisis in West Virginia.
Bottom -- Students from Richwood HS being interviewed by Scott Finn of NPR and West Virginia Public Broadcasting. (bottom) Susan Mathis Johnson in the NPR studio.