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 traveled to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics; 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 San Francisco International Airport.
When former LAPD officer, Christopher Dorner, went on a killing spree, Whit reported on the manhunt from snowy Big Bear. Days later, during Dorner’s final deadly standoff, Whit co-anchored the station’s breaking news coverage for more than nine hours straight.
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, he earned many accolades for his reporting from the White House, Capitol Hill, and on foreign policy issues. 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 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 sports announcer for his high school radio station.
Whit was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but after his career has taken him through four states and Washington, D.C., he’s proud to consider the entire state of California his home.
When not working, Whit enjoys jogging, playing soccer, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
Whit graduated with a B.A. degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting from San Francisco State University. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, his two daughters and rescue dog, Nemo.