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Edward N. Johnson

Public Affairs Director
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - SWT

With more than 29 years a senior public affairs, marketing, crisis communications and media relations expertise, Edward currently serves as District Public Affairs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Edward’s recent crisis communications deployments include hotspots in Eastern Europe, as well as the California wildfires and Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Florence. Edward also deployed in support of numerous regional flooding events across the Midwest from 2015-2019.

Edward is an award-winning thought leader within the realm of U.S. army social media and crisis communications. He has served at all levels of Government, both in the U.S. and abroad. During his most recent overseas deployment, Edward served as the Senior Strategic Communications Advisor to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense.

Previous military and Department of the Army Civilian assignments include Bosnia, Kosovo, Italy, Germany, Iraq, Japan and South Korea. Edward has also providing Strategic Communications advice and training to members of European Parliaments, senior U.S. Department of Defense officials, foreign militaries and State Department Officials at U.S. embassies around the world.

His awards include 3-time winner of the U.S. Army’s highest award for Social Media Communications, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Commander's Award for Civilian Service and Superior Civilian Service Medal, with one oak leaf cluster.

Edward N. Johnson’s Session(s):


2:00 pm–5:00 pm — Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Countering Fake News in the Social Media Realm During Crisis Comms Operations

This workshop will show you how to counter fake news, dispel rumors and manage your reputation during crisis communications operations. In particular, participants will learn tips and techniques gained during first-hand crisis communication experiences by one of the U.S. Army’s premier social media communicators on topics ranging from natural disasters to armed conflict and regional or national emergencies.

Who this training is for: This workshop is for social media professionals who want to develop communication plans, identify online threats to their brand or organization and ensure key audiences receive accurate and timely information during a wide range of disaster scenarios at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop a content delivery strategy to broaden your reach
  • Counter fake news and dispel rumors or inaccurate information
  • Create actionable content that captures your audience’s attention and gains their support
  • Leverage national, state and local partners to ensure message synchronization
  • Establish strong and mutually beneficial relations with members of the media in your areas of responsibility
  • Successfully demonstrate expertise in your field while building a trustworthy reputation with key internal and external audiences

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