Ryan Johnston

Ryan Johnston

Staff Reporter

Ryan Johnston is a staff writer for StateScoop and EdScoop, where he writes about city and community efforts to expand technology access and utilize public data.

Johnston graduated from Wake Forest University in December 2017 with a major in communications and a minor in journalism and Latin American studies. He interned with Scoop News Group as an undergraduate, and returned for a year-long editorial fellowship in January 2018.
Johnston is a Vermont native and an avid golfer and soccer player, and resides in Washington, D.C.

City

NLC, Bloomberg Philanthropies launch coronavirus action tracker

by Ryan Johnston • 4 days ago

Officials from dozens of cities have contributed more than 500 different measures they've taken to respond as the pandemic has reached their communities.

City

Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital

by Ryan Johnston • 4 days ago

As one of the slowest industries to adopt new technology, fire departments are now trying new apps and services, chiefs say, as the pandemic stretches resources thin.

City

Coronavirus delays Toronto's 'smart city' decision

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

The new coronavirus pandemic has delayed until June 25 a decision on whether Sidewalk Labs will be permitted to build its "smart neighborhood," Quayside, on the city’s eastern lakeshore.

State

Critics say FCC's broadband relief efforts 'ring hollow'

by Ryan Johnston • 6 days ago

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shared the steps he's taken to connect more people to high-speed internet during the pandemic, but some broadband advocates say it's not enough.

State

New Jersey's new coronavirus website lets users ask questions

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

The portal, launched over the weekend, uses natural language processing to search across various databases for answers to specific virus-related questions.

City

Hundreds pledge to help state, local government solve coronavirus challenges

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

A consortium of technologists and business leaders have formed a coalition called the U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19 to help state and local governments solve challenges on the fly.

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