Sue Jaye Johnson is a documentary artist working in radio, photography, film and interactive technologies. A two-time Peabody Award winner, Johnson's work frequently looks at the role of women in society. Recently, she spearheaded an unprecedented collaboration between The New York Times, NPR and WNYC to tell the story of the first women to box in the Olympic games. The series included the radio diary of the then unknown teenage boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields. Claressa’s diary, which aired on NPR’s All Things Considered in 2012 led her to work on a feature documentary about Claressa's journey from Flint, Michigan to the top of the podium in London. T-Rex premiered at SXSW aired on PBS's Independent Lens in August 2016, picking up festival audience awards including Hot Docs and San Francisco Film Society.
A pioneer in interactive documentaries, Johnson has collaborated with filmmakers, photographers and artists to create innovative web documentaries including 360degrees.org-Perspectives on the US Criminal Justice System and SonicMemorial.org, a sound archive of memories about the World Trade Center and 9/11.
She has worked extensively in South Africa where she co-produced Mandela: An Audio History, a five-part radio documentary for NPR and co-founded Iliso Labantu to support township-based photographers. Johnson is artist-in-residence with Rock Girl, a South Africa-based organization that brings girls on expeditions around the world. She has taught visual storytelling at Harvard University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and is a Creative Capital grantee.