Mason Johnson

321 Mason JohnsonMason Johnson was born in Chicago and is a CBSChicago.com Web Content Producer.

Graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Creative Writing, Mason pens opinion pieces and helps manage the “Best Of” content.

Mason also manages the content for the classic-hits radio station, 104.3 K-HITS.

Mason tweets, though not sensibly.

Cook County’s Rate Of Gun Deaths Low Compared To Some Neighbors, Southern States

Cook County, home to a city so infamous it has multiple nicknames inspired by its murder totals, has a smaller rate of gun deaths than many would expect.

10/09/2015

Opinion: The Drivers I’ve Angered While Riding My Bike On Chicago’s Streets

When I find myself getting angry at other people while biking, driving or walking, I tell myself to chill out. Maybe you should do the same?

10/08/2015

Opinion: Chicago’s Failed To Lower Homicides, Here’s What We Need To Do

We act aghast in months where homicides spike in Chicago, but we shouldn’t be surprised. This has become the norm, and that should make everyone very, very angry.

10/02/2015

Opinion: How NOT To Comment On Sexual Assault Cases

“I have a suggestion for anyone who isn’t familiar with the complexities of sexual assault in America: shut up.”

09/25/2015

God Save The Queen, Who Now Owns Her Own ‘Buckingham Palace’ In Chicago

Monarch Queen Elizabeth’s dominion may only extend to the United Kingdom and several commonwealths, but she now owns her very own condo in Chicago.

09/16/2015

If Every State Had Its Own Word, Illinois’ Would Be… Grabowski?

Do you know the word? According to this map, it should be Illinois’ official word. Here’s what it means…

09/02/2015

Chicago Bliss, The Local Lingerie Football Team, Are Getting A Reality TV Show

The Oxygen network is debuting a new show called “Pretty. Strong.” It’s based on eight members of Chicago’s Legends Football League team, the Chicago Bliss.

CBS Chicago–09/01/2015

Opinion: 1977 Tourism Video Will Restore Your Faith In Chicago — I Dare You To Disagree

“Chicago is all yours to discover, to explore — it’s whatever you want it to be. A quiet giant ablaze in light and color.”

08/21/2015

Did You Just Give Spotify Permission To Invade Your Privacy?

Personally, I’m excited at the thought of them seeing some of my photos — my selfies are the bomb. I could understand if you’re not comfortable with this invasion of privacy though.

08/20/2015

It’s Finally Illegal In Illinois For Owners To Expose Pets To Extreme Weather

Believe it or not, there wasn’t previously an Illinois law making it illegal for pet owners to leave pets in extreme heat or cold.

08/13/2015

A Quick Video Preview Of ‘Galak-Z: The Dimensional’ — Dying Shouldn’t Be This Fun

You’re going to die a lot in Galak-Z: The Dimensional. Developer 17-BIT are so aware of this, they’ve made it a selling point of the game. In the end, it’s worth it — Galak-Z is really, really fun.

08/04/2015

Chicago’s The Top Spot For Pizza In The Country… Sort Of

This oughta rankle a few feathers (particularly New York’s) — Chicago has been ranked the top spot for pizza in the U.S.

07/29/2015

Opinion: Chicago’s Abandoning Poor Kids To Preventable Health Risks

Want to know the breadth of inequality in Chicago? Just take a look at the childhood injury risks across the city’s different neighborhoods.

07/29/2015

Opinion: Guy Leaving ‘No Tip’ Cards Because Of Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Is An Idiot And Here’s Why

Ladies and gentleman, we finally have a hero among us willing to go toe to toe against the evil forces known as the “minimum wage”! There’s only one problem… He doesn’t seem to understand how it works.

07/22/2015

Should The City Adopt This Chicagoan’s Superior CTA Signs?

Have you noticed more digital signs popping up at Chicago Transit Authority train stops the last few years? They’re great for predicting the arrival of trains, but one Chicagoans thinks they could be even better.

07/16/2015

VIDEO: The Mesmerizing Marina City Documentary From 1965

“This is Marina City… Living towers with form suggesting the upward grace of growing branches and the airy, open form of a sunflower petal…”

07/09/2015

Review: The Sad Dad Batman Strikes Again… Hopefully For The Last Time

For hardcore fans of the series, Batman: Arkham Knight delivers on nearly every front. For those of us capable of acknowledging its flaws, it’s both innovative and frustratingly half-baked.

07/06/2015

Take A Break From The Fireworks, Visit The ‘Invisible Arcade’

In town for one night only, Invisible Arcade is something Chicago video game enthusiasts can’t miss, even among 4th of July festivities.

07/04/2015

Congratulations, Chicago! You Now Have A Tax For Netflix, Other Streaming Services…

Binge watching your favorite Netflix shows in bed just got a little more expensive thanks to two rulings by the Chicago Department of Finance.

07/01/2015

Warner Bros. Suspends Sales Of Broken PC Version Of ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’

There are major problems with Batman: Arkham Knight, with fingers being pointed at a Chicago-based game developer.

06/25/2015

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