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Bert Johnson

Interactive Producer, Insight

Roxanne Pasibe

Bert is a producer for Insight, where he tries to find topics and guests that help listeners understand their communities better. He believes that the news media has a duty to promote lively public dialogue by holding the powerful to account, portraying people with honesty and empathy, and explaining the complicated issues that influence daily life. He’s inspired by the ideals of democracy, equality and fearless journalism, which asks how important decisions get made and who they benefit.

Bert has played a lot of roles in the newsroom — he’s been a photographer, video editor, reporter and digital producer. His favorite assignments are people-driven, and he’s reported stories from Mexico City, Puerto Rico and across northern California.

A true people person, Bert also loves learning languages. For the last six years he’s studied Spanish, both in California and abroad, and in college he took courses in Arabic and French. He began his career in journalism after he spent the summer of 2011 in Cairo, Egypt, during the euphoric early days of the Arab Spring.