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Veteran Liberian Journalist, Julu Johnson Takes Over as Managing Editor of Whistleblower

Mr. Julu M. Johnson, Jr. takes over as Managing Editor of  Whistleblower with over two decades of media practice, specializing in print journalism.

He began his journalism career with The News newspaper and worked there from 1998 to 2008 intermittently. Through the mentorship of veteran journalist Siebo D. Williams, Mr. Johnson previously served as contributor, cub reporter and foreign news reporter for both The News Sports International and The News Newspaper and later as Reporter and Sports Editor respectively.    

While at The News, he was opportune to have worked with and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Joseph Bartuah, Abdoulaye Dukuly, Veronica Kpan (RIP), Stanley Seakor, Ena Harmon (RIP), Estella Nelson, Sheriff Z. Adams, Momolu VO Sirleaf, George Bardue, Bobby Tapson (RIP), K. Abdullah Kamara (RIP), Philip Moore and Gibson Jerue.

He got his first full media employment from the late former Information Minister, Prof. Joseph Mulbah in 2001 to work with the now defunct Poll Watch newspaper and teamed up with Senyon Kieh, Herbert Johnson (RIP), Omecee Johnson and Roland Worwee. He later joined the West African Children Support Network (WACSN) as Assistant Director and then Manager of the Destiny Internet Café in 2002.

Between 2002 and 2003, he served as Sports Editor, Monrovia Guardian newspaper and worked with Sam O. Dean, F. Shelton Gonkerwon, James Blamiyon and Mohamed Kanneh. 

He worked for over one decade as Correspondent of the United States based online Liberiansoccer.com and Nordic Africa news in Sweden. He served as Sub Editor, The Voice of SWAL.

He has been Media Consultant, Agriculture Infrastructure & Investment Company (AIIC) since 2009.     

In 2006, while serving as Chairman of the Media Committee of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), he formed part of the Liberian delegation to the Zone Three Games in Abuja, Nigeria. Meanwhile, as sports writer, he traveled on many occasions to cover matches for the national football team, the Lone Star.  

On August 19, 2009, Mr. Johnson got employed with the government of Liberia as Excise Tax and Customs Officer, Bureau of Customs and Excise, Ministry of Finance and later Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).      

In 2010, he became founding Sub Editor of the Insight newspaper and founding News Editor of the Focus newspaper. He worked as News Editor of both Catalyst and Spirit of the Truth newspapers and 2016-2019 as Managing Editor of the People newspaper.   

Over the years, he served as editorial consultant for several media outlets, including Nation Times, West African Pilot, Liberian Nation, Super News, Hints Magazine, Daily Graphic, SportsMax, Primera Sports, Inter-Digital Sports, Liberian Express Sports and Inquirer Sports. He has provided mentorship for a number of enterprising young journalists.

Mr. Johnson is a 2006 award winning journalist of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and also honored by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) for his sports writing prowess.

In 2003, he was defeated by current Presidential Press Secretary Isaac Solo Kelgbeh in the race for the Secretary General of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). Yet, two years he got elected as SWAL Secretary General alongside Hilary Justine Colnoe (President) and Albert Jaja (Vice President).  

From 2016-2019, he served as Chairman, Sports and Entertainment Committee and Coach, Press Union of Liberia (PUL).

He previously served as Secretary-General, Friends of Friends Haitai Association (FOFHA) and later Secretary General and President, True Brothers Association (TBA).

He is a Christian and currently serves as Secretary General of the United Methodist Men Organization, Monrovia District Conference, Liberia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church. He previously served his local Church, John Kofi Asmah UMC as Communications Officer, Church Secretary as well as Men Vice President and President.        

As an ardent follower of football, he is the founder of the Juventus Fan Club-Liberia since 1999. He also established the Media Old Timers, now Media United with a membership of over 50 media practitioners with the aim of engaging in athletic and recreational activities.   

He is a founding member of the Society of Liberia Journalists (SLJ) and currently Co-Chairman of the Quakers, an organization for couples. He is also current Co-Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL).     

He obtained Primary and Secondary Education from the Cathedral Catholic School and William VS Tubman High School respectively and later undergraduate studies in Mass Communication, Smythe Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT). He obtained diploma from the Liberia Institute of Journalism (LIJ) and graduated from a Ministry of Finance sponsored Front Desk Literacy Training at the Stella Maris Polytechnic (2011). He is a also a recipient of certificates in Promoting Editorial Quality & Upholding Ethical Journalism, AFP Foundation and Sports Journalism (SWAL) in 2012. Others include Diploma/Computer Science, Inter-Digital Computer School, Inc. (2010) and Certificate, USAID/LTI/MICAT Computer Training Program (2004).

Mr. Johnson has written several news articles, features and commentaries published in print media outlets and online. The memorable ones include: Bility-The Petroleum Dealer Eyeing Football Crown; ATS Renovation Chokes Snowe; The Day West Point Stood Still and Lone Star Where Are You?     

He hails from Barclayville, Grand Kru County and married since 2011 to a seasoned educator, Dionyene Harmon-Johnson and the union is blessed with children. 

He can be reached through: 00231776290818/886499157; E-mail: julujohnson51@yahoo.com & markjuliano1993@gmail.com; Facebook: Julu & Mark Juliano; WhatsApp: 00231776290818.  

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