Richard Johnson

Washington, D.C.

Richard Johnson is a field artist and visual journalist who worked on The Washington Post's graphics team. He left The Post in December 2015.
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50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

December 4, 2015

Canada’s colder war in Ukraine

This classroom is much like any other—there are tables, benches, a whiteboard, students, and a teacher up front. There is also gravel, and a smell of wet dog with a hint of gun oil. The classroom is a big green tent buffeted by wind and rain on the abandoned remains of what was once a Soviet military base in the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine.

November 27, 2015

The four small chambers of the heart

In room M366, a mother holds her hand flat under her baby’s back. Her arm is interlaced carefully through a tangle of electrical wires and fluid tubes to where she can feel the warmth of both his shoulder blades in the palm of her hand. For hours like this she gently, ever so gently, rocks him and talks with her lips to his ear about everything and nothing at all.

October 6, 2015

Stories from all four chambers of the heart

In the cardiac intensive care unit, children struggle to stay alive.

October 5, 2015

Drawing the invisible

I had so many misconceptions about homeless people that it is almost embarrassing to write about it now. I mean, I was an idiot. The only salve to this realization is that most of us are idiots. We don’t know anything about what it is like to be without a home. But a couple of months back I determined to find out.

September 25, 2015

The Trump effect: Candidates drawn into his orbit, like it or not

Donald Trump dominated the conversation at Wednesday night’s debate – a repeat performance of the first debate. Here's how the other candidates responded to him.

September 17, 2015

A guide to recent attacks on military bases and installations

More than 40 people have been killed by single-gunman attacks on military facilities since 2009.

July 17, 2015

Why Greece and Germany just don’t get along, in 15 charts

The story of two countries helps explain why Germany and Greece don't see eye-to-eye.

July 3, 2015