Maura Johnston

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Maura Johnston
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Born (1975-05-28) May 28, 1975 (age 43)
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. A member of Boston College's journalism faculty, she has written for Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Pitchfork, The Awl, The New York Times, Spin and The Guardian. She is working on a critical biography of Madonna for the Harlequin Enterprises subsidiary Hanover Square Press. [1]

Johnston was a founding editor of Gawker Media's Idolator, where she worked until November 2009.[2] In April 2011, she became the music editor of The Village Voice[3], holding that position until September 2012.[4] In 2013, she launched the culture periodical Maura Magazine, which was published by 29th Street Publishing through 2015.[5]

She currently is an adjunct professor at Boston College, which named her the inaugural Institute for Liberal Arts Journalism Fellow in 2013.[6] From 2010 to 2013, she taught at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Johnston is involved with Boston College's non-commercial radio station WZBC as a DJ and advisory board member and has DJed at WNUR and WPRB. She has discussed music and popular culture on NPR, WNYC, WBUR and CBC Radio. She has appeared in a handful of music videos, including Speedy Ortiz's "The Graduates".[7], and contributed violin and viola to records by artists including Lefty's Deceiver and Kincaid.[8]

A native of Hicksville, New York, Johnston graduated from Northwestern University in 1997.


  1. ^ "Maura Johnston". Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  2. ^ Johnston, Maura (November 9, 2009). "It's Time (For Me) To Say Goodbye". Idolator. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Harvilla, Rob (March 14, 2011). "Please Welcome Maura Johnston, Your New Village Voice Music Editor". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Maura Johnston Leaves Village Voice". Billboard. September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Maura Magazine launches". January 14, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  6. ^ Smith, Sean (August 1, 2013). "Digital Media Pioneer Johnston Is First ILA Journalism Fellow". The Boston College Chronicle. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ Marotta, Michael. "Watch Speedy Ortiz and some familiar faces trip out at the Allston Diner in 'The Graduates'". Vanyaland. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Maura Johnston". AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 

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