About Khari Johnson

I’m a reporter and storyteller who writes about artificial intelligence for VentureBeat.

Before joining VentureBeat, I worked for publications like CNN Money, AOL, San Francisco Chronicle, Univision, San Diego News Network, and Voice of San Diego.

In 2016 I was the first hire at VentureBeat to create what is now the AI Channel, which seeks to take a comprehensive look at the AI industry, from semiconductors and cloud computing to assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Doing this requires keeping up with the latest products from companies like Google, Samsung, Nvidia, and AWS.

In the past year I’ve enjoyed moderating and participating in panel discussions at conferences like C2 in Montreal, SXSW, Affectiva emotional AI conference in Boston, and Bay Area Storytellers of Color and VB Summit in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Prior to joining VentureBeat, in 2015 I joined Wired cofounder John Battelle and former MIT Sloan Management Review executive editor Jimmy Guterman to create an editorial voice and first editorial product, the NewCo Daily newsletter. NewCo convenes businesses in cities around the world interested in both purpose and profit.

As an editor at Patch from 2010 to 2014 I built a relationship with the local community based on trust, which helped generate UGC, sources, and original reporting ranging from crime to politics to breaking news.

I’m also founder of Through the Cracks, a project started in 2014 to help bring underreported stories to light and empower media entrepreneurs around the world.

Our stories and insights have been quoted or republished by Nieman Reports, Columbia Journalism Review,  Knight Digital Media Center, MediaShift, American Journalism Review, Global Investigative Journalism Network, and Nonprofit Quarterly, among others.

I’m a fervent believer in the impact of “the countless small actions of unknown people”, and that the greatest change comes from the bottom-up. I also enjoy geeking out on research, digging through documents, and conversations with committed, inquisitive people.

I’ve reported stories across California, Colorado Springs and South Florida. I’ve also reported from Mexico, Holland, Denmark, Italy, France, Turkey and as far east as the borders of Syria and Iraq.

In 2008 I was one of two reporters sent to Denver to cover the Democratic National Convention for the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s politics blog. As part of the Europe in the World program in 2005-06 I joined students from eight countries across Europe to report stories across the continent.

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