About Public Sphere

Public Sphere is a newsletter for people trying to make sense of this current moment of global democratic decline — and not just in the context of Donald Trump. I’m particularly interested in the rise of misinformation driven by algorithms, and finding innovative ways to tell stories about that. As a journalist with reporting experience, historical knowledge, and language skills in Russia and Eastern Europe, I look to the region as a possible warning of how democracies can fall sometimes swiftly and sometimes imperceptibly.

About Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson is a freelance reporter living in Washington, D.C.  covering politics, technology, Russia and Eastern Europe, disinformation, and many other topics. He has written for Fortune, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Medium, Al-Jazeera America, and other outlets.

In May 2018, he finished an M.A. in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute at Yale University. He was the Managing Editor for Articles at the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

Prior to Yale, he worked in Washington as a Politics Reporter and Associate Editor at HuffPost, covering Congress, campaigns, and elections. He also worked for Radio Free Europe as a correspondent, and for the American Independent News Network as a reporter. He has reported from Russia with funding from The Knight Foundation, as well as from Ukraine. He has appeared on MSNBC, BBC Radio, and Hromadske, an independent television channel in Ukraine.