Rachael Johnson

Local Legal Initiative Attorney,

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Rachael is a Local Legal Initiative staff attorney based in Colorado. She joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from Hollingsworth LLP in Washington, D.C. where she practiced complex commercial litigation.

Rachael has a decade of experience working in both the legal and media fields. She has represented pro bono media clients for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s Online Media Legal Network and worked in transactions and business affairs at CBS/Paramount.

In 2018, Rachael directed the federal communications team’s review of documents sought through Freedom of Information Act requests at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Before that, she served as a senior writer and creative communications advisor to the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Rachael has worked as a reporter, editor and producer. She covered Capitol Hill for Roll Call in Washington, D.C., was an editor at Indian Country Today Media Network, and a video journalist for NY1 news in New York City. Before and during law school, Rachael was a producer at the Starz channel in Englewood, Colo.

Rachael is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is a native Coloradan. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hampton University where she graduated cum laude.