PBPRS Women's History Spotlight: Barbara Ann Johnson, Co-Founder Westside Weekly

Barbara Ann Johnson, was the co-owner and managing editor of the Westside Weekly newspaper--"News for and about the People of West Philadelphia."

She was the driving force behind the publication founded in 1989, alongside her husband and co-founder, Tyree Johnson, making sure monies were collected from advertisers.

She initially sold dinner, held card parties, and worked two waitress jobs to keep the business open to support the family while husband Tyree pursued journalism and established the newspaper. 

Ms. Johnson passed away on February 18, 2017 at 69.   She and husband Tyree celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 2016.

The Westside Weekly has now served the West Philadelphia community for 28 years.