Annette R. Johnson was born in Manchester, Jamaica, but was raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from high school, she attended Florida State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in communication with minors in journalism and psychology. She later went on to earn a master of science degree in journalism at Florida International University. While in Florida, she hosted cable and PBS television specials. Once she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, Annette began a promising career in print journalism as a reporter and editor, including a post as editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Business Journal. She taught communication and journalism courses at both Atlanta Metropolitan College and at Georgia State University, where she was a favorite among students and received various teaching honors, including "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and the National Collegiate Scholar Faculty of the Year candidate. A poignant editorial writer, Annette has written guest columns for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Rolling Out; a screenplay; and three books.