Maura Johnston

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Maura Johnston
Born (1975-05-28) May 28, 1975 (age 39)
Syosset, New York, United States
Occupation Music critic, music journalist
Nationality American
Alma mater Northwestern University
Years active 1997–present

Maura K. Johnston (born May 28, 1975) is a writer, editor and music critic. She is the editor of Maura Magazine,[1] an online culture publication. Periodicals she has contributed to include The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, The Awl, Newsday and Boston Magazine, and she has discussed music and popular culture on NPR, WNYC, WBUR and CBC Radio.[1]

Johnston was a founding editor of Gawker Media's Idolator, and she worked for the site until November 2009.[2] She was a lead contributor at in early 2011.[3] In April 2011, she became the music editor of The Village Voice[4] and remained in that position until September 2012.[5]

A native of Hicksville, New York, Johnston is a 1997 graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in Communication Studies. She taught the course "Writing about Popular Music" at New York University from 2010 to 2013, and served as the 2013–14 Journalism Fellow at Boston College's Institute for Liberal Arts.[6][7] Additionally, she hosts a weekly radio show on Boston College's non-commercial radio station WZBC and has DJed at WNUR and WPRB.


  1. ^ a b "About". Maura Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Johnston, Maura (November 9, 2009). "It's Time (For Me) To Say Goodbye". Idolator. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (January 10, 2011). "Idolator’s Maura Johnston Has a New Home at Popdust". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Harvilla, Rob (March 14, 2011). "Please Welcome Maura Johnston, Your New Village Voice Music Editor". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Maura Johnston Leaves Village Voice". Billboard. September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Smith, Sean (August 1, 2013). "Digital Media Pioneer Johnston Is First ILA Journalism Fellow". The Boston College Chronicle. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Johnston: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 

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