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.

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.


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.


‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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


Year Up

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

John Challenger

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

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

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.


William ‘The Refridgerator’ Perry

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.


Chicago Public Schools

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.


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.


Currency Exchange Clerk Charged With Stealing Thousands

An employee of a south suburban currency exchange pilfered thousands of dollars in wire transfers, prosecutors charged Wednesday.


Internal Investigation Into Park Ridge Police Delayed

A north suburban police chief is waiting for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to conclude a criminal investigation of alleged misconduct before determining whether an internal investigation is in order.


Bears fans

Bond Set For Man Selling Phony Bears Tickets

A south suburban man who bought counterfeit tickets for Sunday’s Bears game, then turned around and sold them to another man, is out even more money.



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