Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson covers the State Capitol for Wisconsin Public Radio. Shawn joined the network in 2004. Prior to that he worked for WUIS-FM, a public radio station in Springfield, Illinois. There, Shawn reported on the Illinois legislature. He also managed the station's western Illinois bureau, where he produced features on issues facing rural residents. He previously worked as an Assistant Producer for WBBM-AM radio in Chicago.

Shawn's work has earned awards from the Associated Press and has been featured on National Public Radio.

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This post was updated at 9:30 AM ET on October 21, 2015 The man many Republicans would like to see as the next speaker of the House of Representatives has gotten really good at saying "no" over the past year. But after weeks of pressure from many corners of the Republican Party, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan announced Tuesday night that his "no" is now a "maybe." "I cannot and I will not give up my family time. I may not be on the road as often as previous speakers," Ryan said at...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Scott Walker ended his presidential campaign yesterday after a rough summer, where he dropped from the top-tier of candidates to an also-ran. The Wisconsin governor made a name for himself four years ago by busting unions and becoming the first governor to survive a recall election. As Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson reports, those victories never gave Walker long-term traction in the Republican...

A Wisconsin court has released an enormous number of emails — 27,000 pages — from a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker. Kelly Rindfleisch was convicted last year of using her government job to do illegal campaign work. At the time, Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. The emails paint a picture of constant coordination between Walker's county office and his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. They were made public in the middle of Walker's gubernatorial re-election campaign, and at a time when...

A little more than a year ago, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election after an epic battle with unions that gave him folk-hero status with many conservatives. Some political observers now consider him a presidential contender. But Walker is downplaying that talk, even as he takes steps that hint at national ambition. Although the state Legislature hasn't yet passed his latest budget, Walker is already touring the state on a victory lap. At a recent stop in Milwaukee...