Mark S. Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning health and science reporter at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Though the Earth Gives Way is his first novel.
Born in New York, Johnson grew up in Brookline, Mass., and Oxford and Cambridge in England. He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
Johnson arrived at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000 after stints with four other newspapers.
His reporting at The Journal Sentinel has taken him to New York to cover the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to Houston to cover the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. He spent a year studying diseases that jump from animals to humans, traveling to Kenya, Uganda and Brazil.
Johnson shared the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for stories about the use of genetic technology to diagnose and treat a young boy with a mysterious disease. He has been named a Pulitzer finalist on three other occasions. His work has been anthologized in three editions of The Best American Newspaper Narratives, and he is the co-author of the non-fiction book One In A Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine.
Johnson, former lead guitarist of The Bloody Stumps, is married to the band’s former bassist, the writer and editor Mary-Liz Shaw. They have a son, Evan, who composes music.
Johnson writes in English. His work is then translated into better English.