In private industry, Johns has held executive management positions with Electric Mobility Corporation, Gentiva Health Services, and Eli Lilly and Company. In government, he has served as White House speechwriter to President George H. W. Bush and a senior aide to New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean (R-NJ) and United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME). He worked for five years at the Heritage Foundation, where he was a foreign policy analyst and an editor of the foundation's quarterly magazine, Policy Review.
He is one of several prominent American conservative commentators. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review and other publications and has appeared on PBS, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, Voice of America, BBC and other networks.
- Michael Johns articles and essays from Google syndication, Mountain View, California.
- Michael Johns at Technorati, San Francisco.
- Michael Johns corporate biography at FinancialWire, New York City.
- "Customer Concerns Mount in Tragedy Aftermath," by Kimberly Hill, Supply Chain Management, Woodland Hills, California, September 12, 2001, quoting Michael Johns on Gentiva Health Services' emergency pharmaceutical delivery actions following September 11, 2001 attacks.
- "Frontiers in Diagnostics," by Michael Johns, The World and I magazine, Washington, D.C., May 2001.
- "Acts of Betrayal," by Michael Johns, National Review, New York City, October 23, 1995.
- "If U.S. Force Is Needed in Bosnia," by Michael Johns, Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Massachusetts, February 25, 1994.
- "Where to Go on South Africa," by William F. Buckley, Universal Press Syndicate, December 27, 1990, citing Michael Johns' speech to United Nations on South Africa and economic sanctions.
- "With Freedom Near in Angola, This is No Time to Curtail UNITA Assistance," by Michael Johns, Heritage Foundation Executive Memorandum #276, Washington, D.C., July 31, 1990; entered in Congressional Record, Washington, D.C., October 16, 1990.
- "Namibian Voters Deny Total Power to SWAPO," by Michael Johns, The Wall Street Journal, New York City, November 19, 1989; entered in Congressional Record, Washington, D.C., November 21, 1989.
- "Savimbi's Elusive Victory in Angola," by Michael Johns, Human Events magazine, Washington, D.C.; entered in Congressional Record, Washington, D.C., October 26, 1989.