Charles S. Johnson Interview, May 23, 2022


Charles S. Johnson


Dennis Swibold



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Charles S. “Chuck” Johnson discusses his early life and nearly 45-year career as a Montana political reporter. Johnson recalls being a high school intern for the Helena Independent Record; education in journalism at the University of Montana (UM); and time working on the Kaimin, UM’s newspaper. Further recollections include his work through the Sears Congressional Internship Program; graduate studies at UM; work at the Associated Press (AP) starting in 1971; coverage of the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention; work at the Missoulian covering the Missoula delegation; and award of the Rotary Foundation fellowship enabling his work and studies at Oxford University in England, 1978 to 1979. He further discusses working at the Great Falls Tribune Capital Bureau; covering the Women’s International Conference for Helena’s Lee State Bureau in Houston in 1977; reporting on the Democratic National Convention for the Tribune in 1984; and writing about Montana’s legislators and governors.


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Document Type

Oral History


Political reporter

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Charles S. Johnson Oral History Project, OH 483, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 483-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:05:31 minutes

Local Filename

OH_483_001.mp3; OH_483_001.pdf

Charles S. Johnson Interview, May 23, 2022