Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Anthony Anderson Addresses Oscars Controversy at NAACP Image Awards: 'This Is What Diversity Is Supposed to Look Like'
- Read the Cover Story: Amy Duggar King: I'm Doing It My Way
- NAACP Image Awards 2016: Kerry Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith, Laverne Cox Make Best Dressed List
- Carolina Panthers' Kurt Coleman Opens Up About the Unique Bond He Shares With the College Teammate He Paralyzed
- Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Charged with Child Pornography and Racketeering
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- November 10, 1986
- Vol. 26
- No. 19
For Johnson, the mother of Christopher, 3, the family beat is a natural. Returning to the magazine from a six-month maternity leave in 1984, she found a host of child-related stories coming her way. "In a sense it was typecasting," Johnson admits, "but because I had a natural interest in the subject, it worked out very well."
Fascinated by the strides medicine is making in the treatment of infertility, Johnson set out to find a husband and wife willing to talk freely about their experiences. "We needed folks who wouldn't mind being asked very personal questions," says Johnson. To find such a pair, she attended seminars on infertility and eventually through Resolve, the national support group for infertile couples, chose Deborah and Tom Newell.
They have her sympathy. "I can really relate to their unyielding desire to have a baby," she says. "Having a child is an experience I wouldn't have missed. My heart goes out to those for whom it doesn't work out."
Born in Brooklyn, the daughter of an accountant and a secretary mother, Johnson is a graduate of Brooklyn College. She went to work for LIFE in 1967 as secretary to fashion editor Sally Kirkland and to Richard Stolley, who became PEOPLE'S founding managing editor. She soon decided to be a writer. "It was more fun," she quips, "than making coffee."
Today, Johnson, who is married to cinematographer Stephen Ward, finds her interests at the office pay dividends at home. When Christopher entered his terrible 2s, she got to interview child psychologists Lawrence Baiter and Stanley Turecki. Now Johnson is working on a series of teen stories, which suits her fine, since her stepdaughter, Sarah, just turned 14. "In a few years I will be into geriatrics," Johnson says with a smile, "and my life will be an open book called PEOPLE."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!