Soterios Johnson

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Soterios Johnson is an American radio journalist and the former local host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition on New York City public-radio station WNYC.[1][2]

A New Jersey native, Soterios worked at a small FM station in his hometown while earning his undergraduate degree in American history from Columbia University in New York City, granted in 1990.[3] While there he was active at the institution's radio station WKCR-FM (89.9 FM).[2] Subsequently, he received a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His first name comes from his Greek heritage.

The New York Sun newspaper has claimed: "A steady, soulful tenor of a voice — combined with a first name that is as mellifluous as it is unusual — has won public radio host Soterios Johnson a legion of devoted fans, some of whom have gone so far as to write songs in his honor and name pets after him."[1]

He has reminisced: "As a kid, I always wanted to be in the know... and to spread the word."

In the summer of 2016, Johnson left WNYC to join the University of California/Davis as Director of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Programs. He is moving to join his husband, who has been based in California since December 2014.

Influence on music[edit]

His name is the inspiration for the name of New York City three-piece band Satirius Johnson, which spells Soterios differently.[1]

Jonathan Coulton, a folk-rock artist also based in New York, wrote a song called "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" that presents a fictionalized secret life of Johnson as a club-goer.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Soterios Johnson: 'It's Like He's a Rock Star' - The New York Sun". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b "People - Soterios Johnson". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Columbia College Today". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 

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