Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson

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Randy Johnson is a widely published photojournalist who frequently contributes to national newspapers and magazines such as the Charlotte Observer and National Geographic Traveler. He was keynote speaker at NATJA's early Newport, Rhode Island meeting.

A new second edition of his "cult classic" 1987 book Southern Snow: The New Guide to Winter Sports from Maryland to the Southern Appalachians has just been released by the University of North Carolina Press, also publisher of his 2016 coffee table book Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to An Appalachian Icon, was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and won the bronze medal in travel from the 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. A full-color fourth edition of his bestseller, Hiking North Carolina was just released in summer 2020.

Johnson is a Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel writer who for nearly twenty years was editor-in-chief of Hemispheres magazine, United Airlines award-winning inflight. Under Randy's guidance, Hemispheres earned dozens of Eddy, Ozzie, Lowell Thomas, and NATJA awards. Hemispheres is the only inflight to win a James Beard Award and was named world's best inflight magazine in 2006.

Johnson is the author of a number of books, among them Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway, Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and other books.
The outdoors, hiking, skiing.
Southbound, WNC magazine, Blue Ridge Outdoors, National Geographic Traveler, etc.
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Member: Society of American Travel Writers

Member: North American Snowsports Journalists Association
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My Recent Work

Article 1 - Title:
HE SUNG THE GLORY OF NATURE: John Muir's Ascent of Grandfather Mountain
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Article 2 - Title:
Make History on Your Next Southern Ski Trip
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Article 3 - Title:
The People's Playground: NC State Parks Turn 100
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WNC Magazine
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Roan Mountain: Cross Country Ski This Weekend
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