Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson
Associate Editor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com

Steven Johnson is an associate editor for FoodService Director, where he primarily covers colleges and universities. Steven holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications from Columbia College in Chicago, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to joining FSD in May 2013, Steven worked as a freelance journalist in the Chicago area, where he was a contributor to such publications as the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reporter, The Times of Northwest Indiana and Progress Illinois. Before that time, Steven was a staff reporter for the Courier-News, a daily newspaper where he covered local politics in the city of Elgin. A Chicago native, Steven has lived in pretty much every neighborhood in the city, and as a result, has patronized more bars and pubs than any one person should admit to visiting.

If you weren’t in publishing what would you be doing?
Shooting wedding videos.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to be able to play the guitar. Don’t have the fingers for it.

What is your greatest fear?
Opening up the fridge and finding only a box of baking soda. Wait, that happened last night.

Which living person do you most admire?
My parents.

What would be your dream vacation?
Any place with my wife that doesn’t involve me hiking some trail.

What is your favorite meal?
Barbecued duck. It takes forever to slow cook it on a grill, but very worth the wait when it’s done right.

What is your “guilty pleasure?”
Watching any TV show that involves crime – that means every “Law and Order” and CSI show ever made.

What will people always find in your refrigerator?
Apparently a box of baking soda is the only safe bet.

What is your most treasured possession?
My hats.  


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