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Giff Johnson is a Marshall Islands based editor [1] and journalist. He is also author of the self-published book Don't Ever Whisper which tells of his late wife Darlene Keju's fight to share the Marshall Islanders plight with the rest of the world wasn't being told of the events. In 2013, he was interviewed by ABC Radio presenter Geraldine Coutts in relation to the book.[2]

Giff Johnson
OccupationEditor, Journalist, Correspondent, author
Spouse(s)Darlene Keju (Deceased)


Johnson is the editor of the Marshall Islands Journal.[3] He is also the Marshall Islands correspondent for Radio New Zealand [4] and for ABC Radio Australia.[5]

Previous rolesEdit

He was for a period of time from early 2001 to 2003 [6] the interim managing editor of Pacific Magazine. He continued as Pacific Magazine’s contributing editor from where he was based in Majuro, Marshall Islands until Pacific Magazine halted publication in 2008.[7] He has been a freelance writer and was also an editor for the Honolulu published Micronesia Bulletin from 1976 to 1984.[8]


  • "Collision Course at Kwajalein: Marshall Islanders in the Shadow of the Bomb," 1984, Pacific Concerns Resource Center, Honolulu.
  • "Nuclear Past, Unclear Future," 2009, Micronitor News and Printing Co., Majuro.
  • Don't ever whisper : Darlene Keju, Pacific health pioneer, champion for nuclear survivors, 2013 [9]
  • "Idyllic No More: Pacific Island Climate, Corruption and Development Dilemmas," 2015.


Johnson, who is originally from the United States, has lived in the Marshall Islands since 1984.[10] In 1982, he married Darlene Keju on Wotje Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Keju was an outspoken advocate for nuclear weapons test victims in the Marshall Islands and a public health worker who engaged young people with innovative programs for community health development. They were married for 14 years. [11] She died of cancer at the age of 45.[12] A celebration of her life with short speeches and Marshallese music and singing was held at the Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave in Hawaii.[13] In 1998, Johnson married Mathilda Rakin in Majuro. They have one son, Iohaan, and one daughter, Beverly.


  1. ^ ABC Radio Australia Climate change optimism after Cartagena Dialogue in Majurand Presenter: Richard Ewart
  2. ^ ABC Radio Australia New biography on Marshall Islands' social champion With Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
  3. ^ Marshallese Educational Initiative MEI’S NUCLEAR REMEMBRANCE EVENT DISCUSSED ON RADIO AUSTRALIA by April Brown
  4. ^ Radio New Zealand International Pacific Correspondent for 17 July 2014
  5. ^ ABC Radio Australia Marshall Islanders worried about hypersonic jet debris Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
  6. ^ Fiji Sun Ulamila is new magazine editor
  7. ^ Pina Former Fiji journalist named managing editor of Pacific Magazine
  8. ^ The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Paradise lost - Dec 1980 - Page 24
  9. ^ National Library of New Zealand Don't ever whisper : Darlene Keju, Pacific health pioneer, champion for nuclear survivors / Giff Johnson. ISBN 1489509062
  10. ^ "Giff Johnson". Pacific Journalism Review. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  11. ^ Pacific Scoop New biography details Marshall Islands anti-nuclear fighter’s life
  12. ^ WISE #455 - July 12, 1996 In brief, Darlene Keju died.
  13. ^ Honolulu Advertiser & Star-Bulletin January 1 - December 31, 1996 K