Jenna Johnson
Jennifer Johnson
Name: Jennifer Johnson
Status: Alive
Birthplace: United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: Northwestern University
Profession: Northwestern University:
College Student
Played by: Riley Voelkel
Seasons: 1, 2, 3
Episodes: 14 appearances
First episode: "We Just Decided To"
Last episode: "What Kind of Day Has It Been"

Jennifer Johnson, commonly called Jenna, is a college student. She attended a question and answer session at Northwestern University to speak to Will McAvoy, Lewis and Sharon. While waiting in line for the event, she ran into MacKenzie McHale, explaining that she wanted to ask the three what makes America the greatest country on Earth. Sensing an opportunity, Mac advised her on where to sit in order to catch Will's attention. ("What Kind of Day Has It Been") After seeing a message from Mac stating "It's not but it can be," McAvoy rebuked her naivete and offered data undermining her assumption, before offering reasons it could be that again: unfortunately, it was the first half of his tirade that caught attention and essentially ruined his neutral stance as a journalist in the public eye. ("We Just Decided To")

Jenna graduated from Northwestern a year early and started watching News Night regularly. After reading about Will's comments on the "greater fool" in a recent report and a New York Magazine article, she realized she wanted to work with him and applied for an internship at ACN. Seeing her from across the newsroom, Will confronted her in the meeting room where she was being interviewed by Mac and after hearing her defense asked her to repeat the question of what makes America the greatest country in the world. Will replied "You do," before telling Mac to hire her. ("The Greater Fool")

As an intern, Jenna worked directly under Will, reminding him of his various tasks for the day and occasionally being asked to do fact-checks for him. Charlie Skinner expressed surprise at her presence upon recognizing her as "Sorority Girl" ("First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers"), and Will was not above reminding her she was partially responsible for his career shift when he was annoyed by her. ("Red Team III")

Behind the scenesEdit

Jenny is a minor character in the first, second and third seasons. She is played by co-star Riley Voelkel.


She also appears in Episode 10 of Season 1. She visits the newsroom in hopes to get hired for an internship. Upon discovering her presence, Will confronts her and presses her to ask her "idiot question" again, although this time, he simply replies, "You do," and tells Mac to hire her for the internship.

Season 1
"We Just Decided To" "News Night 2.0" "The 112th Congress" "I'll Try to Fix You" "Amen"
"Bullies" "5/1" "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" "The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate" "The Greater Fool"
Season 2
"First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" "The Genoa Tip" "Willie Pete" "Unintended Consequences" "News Night with Will McAvoy"
"One Step Too Many" "Red Team III" "Election Night, Part I" "Election Night, Part II"
Season 3
"Boston" "Run" "Main Justice" "Contempt" "Oh Shenandoah"
"What Kind of Day Has It Been"