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BRIGHTON — A new staff writer joined the newsroom of MetroWest Newspapers last week.
Pennsylvania native Jeremy Johnson has been named new staff writer for MetroWest Newspapers, where he will serve as a general assignment reporter, primarily covering the Fort Lupton and southern Weld County region for the Fort Lupton Press.
A nearly 10-year media veteran, Johnson came to Brighton in May after more than four years as staff writer for the Oil City Derrick, Franklin News-Herald and TheDerrick.com, covering the tri-county regions of Venango, Clarion and Forest counties in northwest Pennsylvania.
During his time as police, court and breaking news reporter, Johnson won two Keystone Awards (2013, 2014) from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, including a second-place award in 2013 for his coverage of the Zachary Proper murder case. That case piqued national interest when police accused the 13-year-old boy of shooting and killing his grandparents, George and Dorothy Fross, at their Franklin home.
Aside from his experience in crime and court reporting, Johnson – a native of the region in Pennsylvania known as “the birthplace of oil” – has a broad understanding of the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration, hydraulic fracturing, economic impact and environmental conservation.
Johnson also has a strong background in topics ranging from city, county and state government and legislation to education, manufacturing and small business, and enjoys penning personality profiles and in-depth community news.
A two-time, top-10 finisher of the Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs 50K competition, Johnson is also a seasoned outdoor recreation reporter with a love of nature and wildlife.
“My goal with MetroWest Newspapers and the Fort Lupton Press is to provide the most comprehensive and detailed reporting possible on topics that matter most to those readers in Fort Lupton and the surrounding southern Weld County region,” Johnson said. “I suspect this will be a continuing but pleasant challenge in a region that is seeing much growth and change related to industrial, political and social shifts.”
When he’s not in the office, Johnson enjoys spending time with his 2-year-old daughter, Cecilia, and wife, Annie, at their Harvey Park home in Denver or along many of the city’s multi-purpose trails.
Johnson previously lived in Denver for 13 years before returning to his hometown, and graduated in 2009 from Metro State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science. As a student at Metro State, Johnson was an editor and reporter for the award-winning campus newspaper, The Metropolitan, and also served as intern for the Denver Business Journal.