Ruth Johnston a writer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. She grew up in Franklin Park, PA and then went to St. John's College. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in languages and linguistics. Ruth taught AP English Lit for the PA Homeschoolers organization from 1996 to 2003. She published A Companion to Beowulf in 2011 and later set up a small imprint, Pannebaker Press, to make the book available in affordable paperback.

In 2013, tragedy struck her family. Since then, Ruth is helping advocate for families who have survived schizophenia-related tragedies; you can learn about the family tragedy here, read Ruth's Op-Ed, or watch the most recent WTAE news feature.