Sandy Johnson is executive editor of Stateline.org, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. She is the former Managing Editor at the Center for Public Integrity. Previously, Sandy Johnson was the executive editor for state news at AARP. Prior to that she was the AP bureau chief in Washington, D.C., the news service's largest bureau. She has also served as the chairman of NPF. At the AP Johnson was responsible for editorial and photo coverage of the federal government and national politics. Under her direction, AP refused to call the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush despite enormous pressure after the TV networks made the erroneous call. Because of that action AP was a 2001 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for public service. The decision was subsequently awarded the presidential award by the Associated Press Managing Editors. Johnson joined AP in 1978 in North Dakota. She has directed AP's political coverage in every election since 1986. She held several management positions in Washington, including news editor, assistant bureau chief and deputy bureau chief, before being appointed chief of bureau in 1998.