Johnston is the author of “Free Lunch,” a national bestseller that exposed large transfers of wealth from the poor, middle class and affluent to the super rich. He also wrote “Perfectly Legal,” a national bestseller about the flawed U.S. tax system and its impact on average citizens. The book won the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award.
Johnston won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for a series of articles in the New York Times about the U.S. tax system and Internal Revenue Service. The stories explained, among other things, how poor people are more likely to be audited than the wealthy.
Johnston has reported for the San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, Los AngelesTimes, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Times. He retired in 2008 after 13 years with the Times, and began teaching at Syracuse University’s College of Law as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. He joined Reuters in July 2011 as a columnist.
Johnston’s appearance is sponsored by the Baldwin Business Journalism Initiative at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
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