Kathleen Johnston


The Media School Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
Indiana University Bloomington
The Media School
B.A., 1982


Kathleen Johnston is an Emmy, Peabody and Murrow award-winning investigative reporter.

While working at the Indianapolis News, Johnston exposed the City-County council's use of secret caucus meetings to decide issues ahead of its public sessions. She co-managed a five-member investigative team at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis that won more than 40 national, state and local awards, including the station's first DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton.

At CNN, she broke the news that medical workers may have euthanized patients at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She also was instrumental in uncovering Medicare fraud and wasted tax dollars along the Canadian border.