An article in Schenectady, N.Y.’s Daily Gazette focuses on Johnson, current CEO of the children’s magazine company, which his great-grandparents founded in 1946.
The article, written by Indiana Nash, describes Johnson’s upbringing in Schenectady (where his mother was mayor), as well as his education at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., at Amherst College and at Harvard University. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in physics. “So I ended up going to a bio-tech, medical diagnostics company outside of Washington D.C. and spent about six years there before joining Highlights,” he says.
But Johnson also had a summer internship at the magazine company while a college student in 1989—a job in which “I spent about half my time reading letters from kids and seeing how we responded.” He summarizes the company’s mission today: “We help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight and foster joyful learning.”