Akilah Johnson

Washington, D.C.

National reporter focusing on health disparities.

Education: University of Miami, BA in Journalism and English ; University of Miami, MA in Journalism

Akilah Johnson joined The Washington Post in 2021 as a national reporter exploring the effect of racism and social inequality on health. In prior roles at ProPublica and the Boston Globe she covered the intersection of health, race, politics, and immigration. She shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and was Pulitzer finalist as a member of the Globe's Spotlight Team investigation into racism in Boston. Her reporting has won a number of other national awards including NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards, ONA's Knight Award for Public Service, and a National Head
Latest from Akilah Johnson

In rural America, the crisis of disappearing reproductive care steals lives

Clinicians and public health experts worry the pandemic, staffing shortages and increased abortion restrictions will further erode reproductive care access.

November 18, 2022

Communities of color record big gains in health insurance coverage

From 2020 to 2022, Hispanic people saw a 53 percent jump in enrollment through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace and Black people 49 percent.

October 27, 2022

The Black-White covid death rate flipped. Why?

Today on “Post Reports,” why White people in the U.S. are now more likely to die of covid than Black Americans.

October 20, 2022

Whites now more likely to die from covid than Blacks: Why the pandemic shifted

As the pandemic progressed, the damage done by the coronavirus broadened, and the toxicity of modern-day politics came to the fore.

October 19, 2022

U.S. life expectancy down for second-straight year, fueled by covid-19

Americans can now expect to live as long as they did in 1996, according to the provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

August 31, 2022

America has a maternal mortality crisis. Biden push aims to change that.

Black, Native American and rural women disproportionately bear the burden of maternal mortality.

August 9, 2022

How the abortion ruling could impact Black women

Today on “Post Reports,” what the fight for abortion rights means for Black women, and how both sides of the fight are intertwined with the legacy of slavery and racism.

June 10, 2022

In abortion debate, echoes of another battle: Reproductive rights for Black women

Long-festering concerns about racial disparities in gynecologic and obstetric services are set against the backdrop of an imminent Supreme Court ruling.

June 10, 2022

Putin threatens to hit new targets if long-range missiles are sent to Ukraine

Putin said the missiles being sent by Biden were "nothing new"

June 5, 2022

Black adult hospitalizations reached a pandemic high during the omicron wave, CDC study finds

Black adults were four times as likely to be hospitalized compared with White adults during the height of the omicron surge.

March 18, 2022