Emmy award-winning journalist, Whit Johnson is the co-anchor of NBC4's weekday morning newscast "Today in LA" and is also a general assignment reporter for all newscasts. His recent stories can be viewed here. Follow him on Facebook here.
Whit’s television news career has taken him from coast to coast and back, giving him a unique combination of local, national, and international experience.
Since joining NBC4, Whit has covered two Olympics including the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He also reported from Boston for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 run for President; he covered the Navy Yard mass shooting in Washington, DC and the fatal crash landing of Asiana flight 214 at SFO.
As both an anchor and reporter, Whit has covered many of Southern California’s biggest breaking news stories including the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and the 2013 LAX shooting rampage. Whit sat on the anchor desk for more than nine hours straight during the station’s breaking news coverage of cop killer, Christopher Dorner’s final deadly standoff in 2013.
In 2013, Whit earned a Los Angeles Emmy for a multi-part investigation into complaints that a local auto repair shop and towing company were overcharging people by thousands of dollars.
Whit came to NBC4 from Washington, D.C., where he was a network correspondent and fill-in anchor for CBS News. In that role, Whit traveled the country covering national news and often reported from the White House and Capitol Hill. Whit says one of his most memorable career experiences was an overseas assignment in 2011, with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Stops on his trip included Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Whit met with rebel forces in Tripoli less than 48 hours before Muammar Gaddafi was killed and he was among the first reporters to interview Secretary Clinton minutes after the news broke.
Earlier in his career, Whit was an evening weekday anchor and reporter for KSL-TV, an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. He began his on-air career as an evening weekend anchor and reporter for KNDO/KNDU-TV, the NBC-affiliated duopoly in Yakima/Tri-Cities, Washington.
Whit was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and credits his stepfather and legendary TV/radio host, Dr. Dean Edell, for introducing him to the world of broadcasting. Whit's love for journalism truly emerged when he served as a radio DJ and host for his high school station. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting.
Whit is active in the community and participates in many of NBC4’s charitable causes, such as AbilityFirst, March of Dimes and Ad Relief, among others.
When not working, Whit enjoys jogging, playing soccer, snowboarding and spending time with his family. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, his two daughters and rescue dog, Nemo.