Roy S. Johnson
- This article is about the journalist. For others with similar names, see Roy Johnson (disambiguation).
Roy S. Johnson (born March 19, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is the director of content development and statewide opinion columnist for the Alabama Media Group, publisher of the Birmingham News.
Johnson attended Stanford University in California with the intention of going on to law school. Instead he cemented his interest in journalism while covering the Patty Hearst trial for The Stanford Daily. He began his career as a researcher for Sports Illustrated. He went on to work as a sports reporter for the The New York Times and sports columnist for the Atlanta Constitution, focusing on the National Basketball Association.
Johnson was the founding editor-in-chief of Savoy magazine. He has also served as editor-in-chief of the History Channel magazine, editor-at-large for Fortune magazine, assistant managing editor for Sports Illustrated and a vice president and editor-in-chief of Men's Fitness.
Johnson was credited as a co-executive producer for the 2013 ESPN "30-for-30" documentary "Bernie & Ernie" about NBA stars Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King. He was the co-author of autobiographies for Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and Avery Johnson. He is also the founder and CEO of the Fit! Live! Win! fitness coaching brand.
Johnson joined the Alabama Media Group in 2014. In 2021 he was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. In the announcement he was cited for, "evocative columns on race and remembrance written with style, urgency, and moral clarity."
- Newtwon, Maryellen (March 12, 2018) "Journalist Roy S. Johnson Shares His Journey, Life Lessons" Samford University
- "Finalist: Roy S. Johnson of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham" (June 2021) at Pulitzer.org
- Johnson, Roy S. (February 3, 2022) "I’m an affirmative action beneficiary; so are you." The Birmingham News