Keith Johnson

johnson250  Keith JohnsonKeith Johnson co-anchors the afternoon news on Newsradio 780 WBBM along with Kris Kridel from 3-to-8 pm each weekday. Prior to becoming an anchor, I was a general assignment reporter with a speciality for technology news.

I came to WBBM-AM in 1994 and have covered many memorable stories such as: LaSalle Bank fire in the Loop, a police stand off at a Chicago auto body shop, and going to Washington to cover the Million Man March. I have been lucky enough to win a 2004 Murrow Award for spot news, 2003 Lisagor Award for deadline reporting, 2001 Lisagor Award for reporting, and was a finalist in 2000 and 1999 for the AIR (Achievement in Radio) Award for best newscast.

Before coming to WBBM-AM I spent about 6 years in Washington D.C. at WHUR-FM, a CBS affiliate and WTOP-AM, Washington’s only all-news station. My most memorable moment there was covering the trial of Mayor Marion Barry.

I love biking and other outdoor activities, especially fishing. I also enjoy composing my own music using my computer.

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Museum Of Science And Industry Hosting Programs Focusing On Technology, Art For Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum of Science and Industry is hosting programs highlighting technology and the arts.


UIC Study Highlights High Unemployment Among Black, Hispanic Youth

A University of Illinois Chicago study delivers a sobering assessment on job prospects for Chicago’s teenagers of color.


Vertical Farming Company Partners With Indiana University To Create Course On Sustainable Farming

A vertical farming company in Portage called Greensense helped create a course at Indiana University South Bend on the future of sustainable farming.


Chicago Police. (Credit: CBS)

Urban League To Host Forum Asking For Community Input On Selecting New Chicago Police Superintendent

The Chicago Urban League wants residents to have a say in selecting the next Chicago Police superintendent, reports WBBM’s Keith Johnson.


NW Indiana Group Working To Provide Teens Path Away From Violence

A northwest Indiana outreach group begins a new year with a new leader but with the same mission: to reduce teen violence.


Illinois Middle Schoolers Taking Part In Future City Competition

Some Chicago, suburban and downstate middle-schoolers are hooked on engineering, with the goal of creating a cleaner, efficient future environment.


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Unseasonably Warm Weather An Opportunity To Visit Cook County Forest Preserves

This weekend’s unseasonably warm weather has created an opportunity to bond with nature in the Cook County’s forest preserves, reports WBBM’s Keith Johnson.


Despite State Budget Cuts, Boys & Girls Clubs Of Chicago Keeping STEM Programming Going

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is not letting state budget cuts take a bite out of its vital science and technology programs, reports WBBM’s Keith Johnson.


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Co-Founder Of Literacy Non-Profit Decries State Of Adult Education In Illinois

A non-profit that promotes literacy says the state of adult education in Chicago is alarming and the current budget mess only makes matters worse, reports WBBM’s Keith Johnson.


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Head Of City Council Latino Caucus Raising Funds For Youth Mentorship Foundation

The Chicago City Council Latino Caucus is on a mission, to elevate its status and raise funds for its Latino Youth Foundation, reports WBBM’s Keith Johnson.


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Inmate Dies In Prison After Decades-Long Fight For Exoneration

Justice will never come for a 53-year-old inmate who was fighting for a new trial as his life ended today behind bars.


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Travel Writer Calls Chicago ‘Overrated’ Tourist Destination

A travel writer raised eyebrows in Chicago this week by calling the city one of the world’s most overrated tourist destinations.


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‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Today is the 40th anniversary of ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ animated educational videos loved by millions today.


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Non-Profit Seeks To Lead Disconnected Adults Into IT Careers

A national non-profit focused on closing the opportunity divide has set up a branch in Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio–09/29/2012

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Challenger: Don’t Bring Your Political Soapbox To The Office

This year’s presidential race has stirred passions and ignited heated debate from all corners of the country and from every venue, including the workplace.

WBBM Newsradio–09/22/2012

Cinque Lee, 20, is charged with murder in the shooting death of high school basketball star Michael Haynes. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged With Murder In Death Of CPS Hoops Star

Authorities have charged a Far South Side man with the murder a former star athlete last month.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2012

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Police Enforcing Seat Belt Laws Memorial Day Weekend

Some 2,600 law enforcement agencies in the Midwest are joining police departments throughout the national in an effort that also features extensive nighttime safety belt enforcement.


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10 Year Old Returns Super Bowl Ring To Former Bear

A 10-year-old boy from Pennsylvania has returned a piece of Super Bowl history to Chicago Bears great William “The Refrigerator” Perry.


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Chicago Schools Delay ISAT Tests A Week

Chicago Public Schools are pushing back the start of key state exams by one week, to the second week of March, after schools complained that snow days had swallowed up their test preparation time.


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Two North Suburban Girls Charged With Cyberbullying

Two middle school students have been charged with harassment in an alleged case of cyberbullying against a female classmate.



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