Greg Johnson is managing editor for Cowboy State Daily at the headquarters in Cheyenne.
A veteran journalist of more than 31 years covering Western issues and politics, Greg spent stints in Wyoming as managing editor for the Gillette News Record and Laramie Boomerang. Greg's produced award-winning journalism, and has built a national reputation for his extensive coverage of Wyoming energy -- especially coal.
He previously spent seven years editing and reporting in Alaska, and was managing editor for Sarah Palin's hometown paper when she was tapped as John McCain's running mate in 2008. Greg studied music and English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Outside the office, Greg likes photography, reading and all things sports.
Latest from Greg Johnson
Centurylink Outage Leaves Thousands In Wyoming Without 911 Service
Thousands of Centurylink customers on Tuesday, including 911 service for people in Casper and northeast Wyoming, were left without phone service after a fiber break.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 19, 2023
What The Heck Is … That Old Stagecoach Stop Off I-80 Near Green River?
Anyone driving through southwestern Wyoming on I- 80 may have seen the signs for the historic Granger Stage Station. The small, simple stone building was a nexus point for one of the most important periods of U.S. history.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 17, 2023
UW Football Will Get $1.85 Million For Playing No. 4-Ranked Texas
The University of Wyoming football team is a 28.5-point underdog going into Saturday’s game at the University of Texas, but the Cowboys will get $1.85 million for the effort.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 14, 2023
What The Heck Is … That Airplane On A 70-Foot Pole Along I-90 In Wyoming?
An early 1950s Beechcraft Twin Bonanza perched on a 70-foot pole just off Interstate 90 near exit 189 at Sundance, Wyoming, swivels to show which way the wind’s blowing.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 12, 2023
Laramie Church Elder Who Called Out Transgender Student Back On UW Campus
Todd Schmidt, a Laramie church elder who called out a transgender student by name on a sign, is back presenting in the University of Wyoming student union after a recent injunction lifted a ban on him being there.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 08, 2023
Cheyenne Animal Control Catches ‘Escape Artist’ Pup On The Loose Since 2019
Chewy is a 5-year-old border collie mix that’s been on the radar of Cheyenne Animal Control since 2019. They’ve dubbed him an “escape artist,” but finally caught him last week.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 06, 2023
What The Heck Is … That 30-Foot Virgin Mary Statue On I-80 At The Nebraska Border?
Drivers on Interstate 80 going though Pine Bluffs on the Wyoming-Nebraska border can’t miss the Our Lady of Peace shrine, a 30-foot, 180-ton statue of the Virgin Mary.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 03, 2023
Wyoming’s ‘Double Dubs’ Repeats As Festival Favorite At Buffalo Wing Fest
Trent Weitzel, aka Wyoming’s Wing King, and his Double Dubs crew repeated as Festival Favorite at the 2023 National Buffalo Wing Festival on Sunday in Buffalo, New York.
Greg JohnsonSeptember 02, 2023
Owner of Wyoming’s Largest Radio Station Chain Admits Hiding $19.5 Million From IRS
Susan Patrick, who co-owns more than 20 radio stations around Wyoming, has pleaded guilty to intentionally hiding $10 million in business receipts from the IRS and $9.5 million in personal income.
Leo Wolfson & Greg JohnsonSeptember 02, 2023
Giant Fireball Streaks Across Night Sky Over Southern Wyoming
A giant fireball reported streaking over southern Wyoming and northern Colorado in the wee hours Sunday morning was likely an unusually large meteor.
Greg JohnsonAugust 28, 2023
One Of Only 2 Known Rare Union Pacific Buses Coming To Cheyenne
Michael Pannell of Cheyenne loves all things Union Pacific and collects historic railcars. Now he’s purchased a rare UP passenger bus, one of only two known to still exist, and bringing it to Cheyenne.
Greg JohnsonAugust 27, 2023
Wyoming’s 'Double Dub's' Aims To Repeat As National Buffalo Wing Fest Champs
Fresh off setting two world records, Wyoming’s Weitzels Wings (aka Double Dub's) is preparing to defend its title as Festival Favorite at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in New York over Labor Day Weekend.
Greg JohnsonAugust 27, 2023
What The Heck Is … That 60-Foot Pyramid In the Middle Of Nowhere Off I-80?
Just minutes off Interstate 80 about 20 miles east of Laramie is the Ames Monument, a 60-foot pyramid in the middle of Wyoming pastureland.
Greg JohnsonAugust 19, 2023
What The Heck Is … The Vore Buffalo Jump Along I-90 In Northeast Wyoming?
Discovered in 1969, the Vore Buffalo Jump in northeast Wyoming contains the bones of more than 20,000 bison that were herded into and slaughtered there by Plains Indians. The site also has tools used to butcher the bison, arrowheads and even toys.
Greg JohnsonAugust 07, 2023
What The Heck Is … With Betty Boop, Big Boy And That Sinclair Dinosaur North Of Cheyenne?
People first notice Bob’s Big Boy, a saddled-up Sinclair dinosaur and Betty Boop on roller skates. And there’s much more on Stuart Flynn’s property along Yellowstone Road just north of Cheyenne.
Greg JohnsonJuly 31, 2023
Wyoming People: Andrew Gregory Survived A Tornado Dropping A Warehouse On Him
Andrew Gregory had just ended his shift at North Antelope Rochelle Mine on June 23 when a tornado ripped through, dropping a warehouse on top of him. He lived to tell about it.
Greg JohnsonJuly 30, 2023
Filmmaker To Build Memorial Commemorating 1969 Apollo 11 Mission In Wyoming
A California filmmaker says because Wyoming is the first state to celebrate July 20 as Moon Landing Day in recognition of the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission, he plans to build an Apollo 11 monument here.
Greg JohnsonJuly 18, 2023
What The Heck Is … That Giant Abraham Lincoln Head Overlooking I-80 At The Top Of Sherman Hill?
That gigantic Abraham Lincoln head at the highest point on Interstate 80 in the country represents an important milestone in U.S. transportation, recognizing the importance of the Lincoln Highway, America's first east-west cross-country stretch of road.
Greg JohnsonJuly 16, 2023
Former University Of Wyoming QB Josh Allen Buys $7.2 Million Home In California
Former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has bought a $7.2 million home in Southern California close to the ocean and a private golf club.
Greg JohnsonJuly 13, 2023
Wyoming’s Big Boy 4014 Locomotive Rescues Freight Train Stuck In Nebraska
During a break in its recent tour of the tracks between Cheyenne and the College World Series in Omaha, Big Boy 4014, the heaviest locomotive of all time, powered up to help move a stuck freight train.
Greg JohnsonJuly 10, 2023
One Dead, Another Life-Flighted After Head-On With Wyoming Mine Transport Bus
A Sunday morning head-on collision between a pickup and a mine transport bus south of Wright on Highway 59 killed the driver of the truck and sent the driver of the bus to the hospital in a helicopter.
Greg JohnsonJuly 10, 2023