Whit Johnson is the co-anchor of the ‘NBC4 News at Noon,’ along with Lucy Noland. In addition to his responsibilities as a weekday anchor, he is also a general assignment reporter for the station. His recent stories can be viewed here.
Since joining NBC4, Johnson has covered a number of prominent national stories, including the Christopher Dorner manhunt, in which he co-anchored the station’s breaking coverage for over nine hours straight. With a strong reputation for covering stories out of the White House and Congress, Johnson also was selected by NBC4 to report from Governor Mitt Romney’s headquarters in Boston during the 2012 presidential election.
As a California native with a deep appreciation for the diverse cultures that make up the region, Johnson was also assigned to co-produce and anchor a 30-minute program highlighting the tradition of American Indians living in Southern California, as part of NBC4’s ongoing Heritage Month specials designed to highlight the ethnic diversity that represents the region .
Johnson joined NBC4 from Washington D.C, after a successful career as a network correspondent and fill-in anchor for CBS News. In that role, he was recognized for his reporting on the death of Osama bin Laden and in-depth coverage of the devastating BP Gulf Oil Spill in 2010. He also has earned many accolades for his reporting on President Obama’s healthcare plan, foreign policy issues and high-profile interviews.
In the fall of 2011, Johnson traveled on an overseas trip with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Stops included Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Johnson met rebel forces in Tripoli less than 48 hours before Muammar Gaddafi was killed and was among the first reporters to interview Secretary Clinton minutes after the news broke.
Earlier in his career, Johnson 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.
Johnson credits his stepfather and legendary TV/radio host, Dr. Dean Edell, for introducing him to the world of broadcasting. His love for journalism truly emerged when Johnson served as a sports announcer for his high school radio station. As a journalist, he feels privileged to be in a position to share peoples’ stories from all walks of life. He’s inspired by the individuals he meets every day and believes no other job would give him this great opportunity.
When not working, Johnson enjoys being outdoors, jogging, playing soccer and snowboarding in the winter. He’s an avid traveler, loves spending time with family and friends, and won’t pass up a beautiful day at the beach with a good book.
Johnson 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 and daughter.