Kristen Johanson is the crime and justice reporter for KYW Newsradio, covering gun violence, major city and federal court cases, and criminal justice reform in Philadelphia. She is also the co-creator and producer of the podcast Gone Cold, which highlights unsolved murders in the region.
Johanson joined KYW Newsradio in January 2015.
Prior to being named the crime and justice reporter, she was part of the news team that covered the 2015 papal visit, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl victory and parade. She has helped mentor future journalists through the station’s Newstudies program and the 2016 Democratic National Convention Youth News Team.
Prior to joining KYW, she worked at CBS-3 for five years as a planning and assignment editor. She began her career at FOX 29 as a production assistant.
Johanson is a member of two professional organizations, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
A graduate of Towson University, Johanson spent four years as a Division I swimmer, serving as a captain her senior year, and as secretary of the university’s Proud Athletes Who Serve for two years. Johanson received a bachelor’s degree in both English and mass communication.
On the side, Johanson volunteers around the city, specifically trying to assist the homeless. She enjoys spending time with her “Little,” as a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She's also an advocate for the nonprofit Kisses For Kyle, which helps raise money for families battling childhood cancer.