Mal Johnson, who was the first woman reporter hired by Cox Radio and Television New, died over the past weekend. As Cox’s White House correspondent, Johnson covered five presidents, as well as Capitol Hill, the State Department, and various federal agencies. The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) announced that creation of the Mal Johnson Sisterhood Program, to provide a paid fellowship, or sister-ship, for young women of color at NCWO.
“I served with Mal Johnson on many a project, panel, and board. I never knew her age ‘ only knew I could count on her to fight for women, people of color, and justice. She knew media and Washington inside out, and helped countless people,” said Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Johnson was a champion of women’s rights and civil rights. She served in the executive committee of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, the International Association of Women in Radio and Television and the Communications Consortium Media Center. She was a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists and former national chair of the American Women in Radio and Television Foundation.