Lisa Johnson

Morning Announcer

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.

Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning.  She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.

Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland.  She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.

Ways to Connect

Dr. Linda Grover is a professor of American Indian Studies at UMD, a member of the Bois Forte band of Ojibwe, and the guest curator of the St. Louis County Historical Society's "Ojibwe Faces and Stories" exhibit. She talks about the artist, Eastman Johnson, and his partnership with the Ojibwe communities he painted.

©Pupparazzi-Companion Animal Photography

Musher, trainer and four-time Beargrease winner Jamie Nelson talks about her team, her work in the off-season, and why she doesn't mind being beaten in a race by former students.

Jason Burnett is the great-grandson of John Beargrease and an amateur historian. He talks about the insights into the man behind the legend his research has uncovered.

Jeff King, "winningest musher in the world" and keynote speaker at this year's event, talks summer training, technology and mushing and why he may run the Beargrease one of these years.