Charles Johnson, with 30 years experience in the agricultural journalism field, has joined Farm Press as special projects editor.
“We're pleased to have Charles as a member of our editorial team,” said Publisher Mike Gonitzke. “His wide-ranging experience and abilities will be an asset to Farm Press as we continue to expand and strengthen the information services we provide to our readers across the Sunbelt.”
Editorial Director Hembree Brandon said, “Charles' accomplishments in the industry are renowned and we look forward to his contributions providing our readers with timely, useful information for their farm operations.”
Johnson, who will continue to be based in Townsend, Tenn., will work with the four Farm Press regional editions (Southeast Farm Press, Delta Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press, and Western Farm Press), which cover 33 states across the Sunbelt, as well as special publishing projects and electronic media.
A native of Ft. Payne, Ala., he lived and worked in Florida and Minnesota before relocating to Tennessee in 1979.
He received a B.S. degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, and began his ag journalism career with Southeast Farm Weekly while still in college. He later was editor of The Peanut Farmer, The Flue-Cured Tobacco Farmer, and Florida Grower and Rancher magazines.
After a stint with a Minneapolis advertising agency, Johnson joined Farm Journal magazine as its southern editor. He subsequently was named national editor, developing stories from coast to coast and in several overseas nations.
In 2000, he was named “Writer of the Year” by the American Agricultural Editors Association in recognition of his outstanding story/photo features. Additionally, he is one of only two AAEA members to win the organization's Writer of Merit Award for accomplishments in all categories of agricultural journalism. In 1999, he was presented the Agricultural Communicators in Education's Reuben Brigham Award for lifetime contributions to agricultural journalism. He has won many other awards for best story, best column, best team story, and in 1984 was presented an Oscar in Agriculture award.
Johnson is the author of three books, “Bailout,” a suspense novel; and “The Last Beloved Woman” and “The Chosen One,” both historical fiction about Cherokee Indians. “Best of Tennessee Farms” will be published in spring 2002.
He and his wife, Patti, have a 17-year old daughter, Ellen. He is also a licensed United Methodist Church minister.