Giff Johnson

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Giff Johnson
Occupation Editor, Journalist, Correspondent, author
Spouse(s) Darlene Keju (Deceased)

Giff Johnson is a Marshall Islands based editor [1] and journalist. He is also author of the self-published book Don't Ever Whisper which tells of his late wife Darlene Keju's fight to share the Marshall Islanders plight with the rest of the world wasn't being told of the events. In 2013, he was interviewed by ABC Radio presenter Geraldine Coutts in relation to the book.[2]


Johnson is the editor of the Marshall Islands Journal.[3] He is also the Marshall Islands correspondent for Radio New Zealand [4] and for ABC Radio Australia.[5]

Previous roles[edit]

He was for a period of time from early 2008 [6] the interim managing editor of Pacific Magazine. In October 2008, he was replaced by veteran Pacific journalist Ulamila Kurai Wragg. He resumed his duties as Pacific Magazine’s contributing editor from where he was based in Majuro, Marshall Islands.[7] He has been a freelance writer and was also an editor for the Honolulu published Micronesia Bulletin.[8]


  • Don't ever whisper : Darlene Keju, Pacific health pioneer, champion for nuclear survivors,[9]


Johnson, who is originally from the United States, has lived in the Marshall Islands since 1984.[10] He married Darlene Keju who became an activist.[11] Because of the risks involved, he and his wife decided not to have children.[12] They were married for 14 years. [13] She died of cancer at the age of 45.[14] A celebration of her life with short speeches and Marshallese music and singing was held at the Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave in Hawaii.[15]