Scott Johnson

Author of The Wolf and the Watchman; Violence Reporting Fellow; Newsweek Foreign Correspondent, Retweets are not endorsements.


The New Theory That Could Explain Crime and Violence in America

Forget what you’ve heard about guns and drugs. Scientists now believe the roots of crime may lie deep…


The New Theory That Could Explain Crime and Violence in America

Forget what you’ve heard about guns and drugs. Scientists now believe the roots of crime may lie deep…


The issue is place, not race


I recently published The Ghost in the Cell, a long story about trauma, violence and the biology of stress. The piece focused on a woman named Yokia Mason, who grew up in family where children from multiple generations had been exposed to violence and abuse. Yokia is African American, a fact that one reviewer, the writer Annalee Newitz, has used as the basis for…


From Juba to Dogtown


In the fall of 2010, I packed my clothes into a duffel bag and moved from Cape Town to California. I had been awarded a year-long fellowship to report on the impact of…

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