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Greta Johnsen

Greta Johnsen

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Greta anchors weekends and reports on everything from Pi Day to innovative ways of saving endangered ferrets. She also co-hosts WBEZ’s Nerdette Podcast. Prior to joining WBEZ in 2014. Greta hosted Morning Edition at WCQS in Asheville, North Carolina and at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Greta has a BA in English from Saint Olaf College and a MS in Journalism from Northwestern University. In her abundant free time, Greta enjoys reading, knitting, and walking her corgi.

Recent Stories

WBEZ News

DCFS Enumerates Failures In Report On Baby Death

A month after a 17 month-old child was found dead in her family’s home, DCFS has issued a scathing review of how they missed opportunities to help.

Nerdette

Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Sean Gunn Loves Math, Cats, and Rap

Gunn is known for his roles on 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' but there was a time when he considered being a mathematician.

WBEZ Updates

More HIV Positive Chicaogoans Than Ever Receive Treatment

A partnership between the Chicago Dept. of Public Health and community health orgs means more HIV positive people are getting treatment.

WBEZ News

Mayor: More HIV Positive Chicaogoans Receive Treatment

A partnership between the the city and community health organizations means more HIV positive people are getting treatment.

Nerdette

Jane the Virgin’s Jaime Camil Loves His Cast, Broadway, And Ancient Aliens

Jane The Virgin’s Jaime Camil discusses what makes the telenovela-style comedy so relatable and how it’s changing TV.

Nerdette

Breaking Yoga Stereotypes With Jessamyn Stanley

Stanley lays out the case for why yoga needs more hip-hop-listening, cussing yogis who don't look like "an angel and a unicorn had a baby."

WBEZ Updates

Cook County Democrats Are Gearing Up For 2018

Midterm elections aren’t until November of next year, but Cook County Democrats say people are already eager to get involved in politics.

Nerdette

Rebecca Skloot On Henrietta Lacks Immortal Cells

Rebecca Skloot talks about the long journey of turning her book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, into an HBO film starring Oprah.

Nerdette

Neil deGrasse Tyson Wants You To Put Down Your iPhone

Neil deGrasse Tyson and former astronaut Jim Lovell talk about ‘Hidden Figures,’ smartphone apps and how war fuels space exploration.

WBEZ Updates

What Do Illinoisans Think Of Taxes?

It’s tax season, so we asked IL residents what they think of taxes. Their answers might surprise you.

Nerdette

Roxane Gay On Writing, Trashy TV And Channing Tatum

Author Roxane Gay on how Beyoncé, Law and Order SVU and Channing Tatum’s neck all helped her write her latest book.

Nerdette

Let’s Talk About Sex (And Religion) With Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus

Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, founder of one of the largest women’s sexual health clinics, discusses helping women, particularly Orthodox Jewish women, resolve sexual issues.

WBEZ News

Quigley: Investigations Into Russia Most Important Since Watergate

“This is, in my mind, the most important thing I’ve ever worked on," the U.S. representative said.

Nerdette

Animating Disney’s Moana with Amy Smeed

The leader of the animation team for Disney’s Moana, talks about what it’s like to build a character who is decidedly not a Disney princess.

WBEZ News

Police Union President Optimistic Despite Runoff

Dean Angelo says he’s not worried about having to face a runoff election.

Nerdette

How To Build The Best Bad Robots

Simone Giertz tells us how she became the queen of crappy robots and how engineering and comedy go so well together.

Nerdette

The Past, Present And Future Of Sci Fi With N.K. Jemisin

Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin tells us how she builds fantastical worlds and why science fiction is evolving for the better.

Nerdette

Popular vs. Cool With Derek Thompson

Senior Editor of The Atlantic, Derek Thompson, explains why some paintings are so unbelievably famous when other, similar paintings are not.

Nerdette

Life On Mars With Dr. Sheyna Gifford

Gifford tells us about her year living in a biodome on a Hawaiian volcano with just five other people as part of a NASA mission to simulate life on Mars.

WBEZ News

Immigrant Community Concerned By Possible ICE Raids

Immigrant rights attorneys say there hasn’t been an increase in home raids in Chicago. Families are concerned about the possibility.

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