Maura Johnston

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Maura Johnston
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Born (1975-05-28) May 28, 1975 (age 41)
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. A member of Boston College's journalism faculty, she has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, The Awl, Newsday and Boston Magazine.[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]

She currently is an adjunct professor at Boston College, where she served as the 2013–14 Institute for Liberal Arts Journalism Fellow.[6] From 2010 to 2013, she taught at New York University.[7]

Johnston hosts a weekly radio show on Boston College's non-commercial radio station WZBC and has DJed at WNUR and WPRB. She has discussed music and popular culture on NPR, WNYC, WBUR and CBC Radio. She appears in the music video for Speedy Ortiz' 2015 single "The Graduates".[8]

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


  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. 
  8. ^ Marotta, Michael. "Watch Speedy Ortiz and some familiar faces trip out at the Allston Diner in 'The Graduates'". Vanyaland. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 

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