Charles S. Johnson Interview, June 20, 2022


Charles S. Johnson


Dennis Swibold



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Charles S. “Chuck” Johnson discusses his tenure as a former longtime Montana political reporter. Johnson describes the political backdrop to Montana politics before he started covering them and some political events and trends that set up the Constitutional Convention. Johnson mainly talks about his work during the 1970s and some on Montana politics taking place in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and present day. Further recollections include Johnson’s interactions with former Montana politicians including governors, U.S. senators, and U.S. House members. Johnson further details communications with Montana state officials such as legislators, secretaries of state, attorney generals, and Supreme Court justices. Topics discussed by Johnson consist of environmental movements and coal mining, legal procedures relating to power plants and dams, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, sale of Montana’s dams and power plants, utility deregulation, Health Department issues including with the old prison in Deer Lodge, and term limits.


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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


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 483-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:31:47 minutes

Local Filename

OH_483_002.mp3; OH_483_002.pdf

Charles S. Johnson Interview, June 20, 2022