Arizona Storytellers: Weldon Johnson

By KJZZ News
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 11:54am
Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:06am

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Weldon Johnson
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Weldon Johnson shares his story at the Crescent Ballroom on Aug. 13, 2019.

KJZZ partners with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. 

Weldon Johnson grew up in a large family in Detroit. When he went to college, he was close enough to family that he never felt homesick or went hungry. But in his senior year, Weldon's mom passed away. Weldon did his best to be more independent, but there were still times he reached out to his dad for help. When Weldon got an internship in Cincinnati, it was his first time being so far from home. And he had a lot to learn about being independent.

Weldon Johnson is a journalist at the Arizona Republic.

The next storytelling event is Tuesday, Jan. 14, at The Van Buren. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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