Paul Johnson is a British Roman Catholic journalist, historian, speechwriter and author. He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a journalist writing for, and later editing, the New Statesman magazine. A prolific writer, he has written several books and contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers. Whilst associated with the left in his early career, he is now a prominent conservative popular historian.
In 2006, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.