Johnny Dodd

Johnny Dodd

Senior Staff Writer, PEOPLE

Johnny Dodd is a senior writer at PEOPLE, who primarily focuses on human interest, crime and sports stories. For more than two decades he has covered some of pop culture's biggest, most-tragic and most-talked-about stories—and interviewed a staggering assortment of A-list celebrities, extraordinary everyday people, thugs and even the occasional heroic family pet. Johnny has appeared on "The Today Show," "CNN," "Extra!" and numerous episodes of Investigation Discovery's "PEOPLE Magazine Investigates." He has also written three non-fiction books that have been translated into numerous foreign languages. Johnny's work over the years has earned over a dozen regional and national journalism awards, including a Hearst Fellowship.


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September 3, 2022 at Omni Bedford Springs in Bedford, PA. --Marla Aurandt marries Brantley Rice (husband) Marla's father Tim located a truck that once belonged to her grandfather, who died in the 1977 Johnstown flood along with the grandmother-- grandparents were Robert and Barbara Selders.
Bride's Parents Track Down Grandfather's Long-Lost Truck for Her Wedding Day: 'It Brought Tears to My Eyes'
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Lava flows from Mokuaweoweo Crater down Mauna Loa's northeast rift, at the Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA, 28 November 2022. The world's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, located on the island of Hawaii, erupts for the first time since 1984. A flurry of seismic activity preceded the eruption which occurred around midnight Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on 27 November. After the initial breakout in Mokuaweoweo Crater at the summit, activity migrated down Mauna Loa's northeast rift, with a mile long curtain of fire. Advisories were issued by the state Department of Health, as gases and tephra from the eruption may affect the air quality across the state. World's Largest Active Volcano, Mauna Loa, Erupts in Hawaii, USA - 28 Nov 2022
See Dramatic Footage of Mauna Loa Volcano Erupting on Hawaii's Big Island
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