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

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

More African Americans have gained health insurance following adoption of the Affordable Care Act, HHS report finds

From 2011 to 2019, the number of Black Americans without health insurance who were younger than 65 dropped from 7.1 million people to 4.4 million.

February 23, 2022

Your questions about covid, answered: Omicron, indoor spaces, boosters, lockdowns

Reporters at The Post respond to four questions about the coronavirus.

December 4, 2021

    Your questions about the omicron variant, answered

    Three health and science reporters — Akilah Johnson, Fenit Nirappil and Joel Achenbach — and William Booth, the London bureau chief for The Post, answered your questions on Wednesday.

    December 1, 2021

    White House to invest $1.5 billion to attract more doctors to underserved communities

    The administration seeks to eliminate a shortage of health providers by offering scholarships and repaying student loans.

    November 22, 2021

    Biden administration to invest another $785 million in communities hit hardest by pandemic

    The Biden administration plans to announce Wednesday that it will invest an additional $785 million into efforts to stymie the spread of the coronavirus in communities that have been hit hardest.

    November 10, 2021

    In Alaska Native villages and across communities of color, the enduring silence of grief

    The coronavirus is causing gaps in grief — gaps that are tragically familiar: Black, American Indian and Alaska Native communities suffer a higher bereavement burden given persistent disparities in life expectancy and mortality.

    November 4, 2021

      The pandemic marks another grim milestone: 1 in 500 Americans have died of covid-19

      The burden of death in the prime of life has been disproportionately borne by Black, Latino, and American Indian and Alaska Native people.

      September 15, 2021

      Hurricane Ida forces three damaged hospitals to evacuate patients

      Coast Guard rescues seven patients from hospital with roof torn off by storm.

      August 30, 2021

      The lament of covid-19 caregivers in the nation’s safety-net hospitals: ‘What could be next?’

      The pandemic is straining the nation’s already stretched health-care system, but there are differences in the suffering.

      August 24, 2021