Rob Johnson

johnson  Rob JohnsonRob Johnson is the weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5, 6 10 PM. He joined CBS 2 Chicago in August 2006 from WLS-TV where he worked since 1998 as weekend anchor and reporter.

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Rob has covered many major news events during his career including the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Presidential Campaigns.

Rob has covered both of the Blackhawks recent Stanley Cup runs, and the Bears Super Bowl appearance in Miami.

During his career, Rob has been at the scene of other major news stories including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Andrew, the Centennial Park Bombing during the Atlanta Olympics, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston, and 2000 Florida vote recount.

Rob has also covered Papal visits to Denver and St. Louis, and has reported from the countries of Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, and Germany, traveling with then-Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s as he visited with Wounded servicemen and women.

Before moving to Chicago, Rob worked at KPRC-TV in Houston, as an anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he worked as an anchor and reporter at stations in Arkansas and Louisiana. Rob began his broadcasting career as a newsroom intern at CNN in Washington, D.C.

Rob has won numerous Emmy Awards. He has also received awards from the Chicago Headline Club, Associated Press, Belle Center of Chicago, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, North Shore Special Education District, Ukrainian National Museum, Neumann Family Services, Spirito! Singers, and UCP/Seguin. On September 22, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed it “Rob Johnson Day” in Illinois, as recognition for his advocacy for people with disabilities.”

Rob earned his B.A. in Communications from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1990. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Research Foundation, and the National Board for the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a concussion education and research group. Rob has been an Honorary Board Member of the “H” Foundation, a cancer research organization, and is an Associate Member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni.

Rob also dedicates much of his personal time to organizations that support people with disabilities. In his spare time he enjoys ice hockey, golfing, and skiing. Rob and his wife, Stacy, live with their son in the western suburbs.

Members of the Lake County Lightning visit CBS 2. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Lake County Lightning

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson introduces us to another team of young winners from the Chicago region.

09/26/2014

Allison Kessler working as a resident physiatrist at the RIC. (Credit: CBS)

Paralyzed Woman Now Helping Injured Patients At Same Place She Received Treatment

Allison Kessler works at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As a third year physiatry resident, or rehab doctor, she is uniquely qualified for this job.

09/17/2014

Will Conover undergoes testing that may determine if he has a concussion. (CBS)

New Test May Help Diagnose Concussions Among Young Athletes

It is an odd-looking, hairnet-like contraption with 256 electrodes called BNA, for Brain Network Activation. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

09/11/2014

Loop Street Overhaul

What’s The Deal With Chicago’s Ripped-Up Streets?

It’s all part of a strategy to accommodate the work force of tomorrow, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

09/05/2014

CBS 2 anchor Rob Johnson represented Europe in the Senior League World Series in the 1980s.

JRW Brings Back World Series Memories For Rob Johnson

Last week, as Chicago’s newest heroes were being honored with a parade that brought out tens of thousands of people from Washington Heights to Millennium Park, I couldn’t help but think what baseball now means to the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, and what baseball has meant to millions, including me.

09/03/2014

The Cheesecake Factory. (Credit: CBS)

Watch Dog “Awards” Restaurant Chains For Unhealthy Meals

The Center for Science in the Public Interest — a-k-a the food police — released its 2014 Xtreme Eating Awards.

07/30/2014

Growing Home, an urban farm in Englewood. (Growing Home Facebook)

Your Chicago: Growing Home, An Urban Farm

It’s part farm, part job training, part produce stand. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

07/25/2014

A group of 89 veterans visits the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., as part of a trip organized by the Honor Flight network. (Credit: CBS)

World War II Vets Make Emotional Journey To Memorial

89 World War II veterans from Chicago just got to make an unforgettable journey, travelling to their memorial in Washington.

07/15/2014

An area veteran is honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. recently. (CBS)

Program Honors WWII Veterans By Flying Them To Washington D.C. Monument

They come before dawn to Midway Airport: 89 veterans, most around 90 years old, going on a trip of a lifetime, thanks to Honor Flight Chicago. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

07/14/2014

Scenes Of Summer: Millennium Park

Your Chicago: Millennium Park

It almost needs no introduction, but time flies: Millennium Park is 10 years old. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson pays a visit to the popular attraction.

06/06/2014

Mars Surface

Three Chicagoans Vying For Mission To Mars

It is an ambitious project that is literally out of this world. It’s called Mars One. When and if it achieves lift off a decade from now, people will travel to Mars to live there permanently.

05/21/2014

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Your Chicago: Farmers Markets

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports on why farmers like to be a part and why customers keep coming back.

05/16/2014

your-chicago

Your Chicago: Anixter Center

Located on the North Side, it’s part learning, part rehabilitation and part work center, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

05/02/2014

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Your Chicago: Hockey On Your Block

For Chicago hedge fund manager Ray Lilja, hockey has been a lifelong passion he is now sharing with others – specifically, with kids from the inner city who might not be able to afford the expensive equipment and ice time. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

04/25/2014

Acupuncturist Frank Yurasek (CBS)

Your Chicago: At-Ease Clinic At National University

At the At-Ease Clinic in Lombard, the treatment program emphasizes acupuncture, instead of the usual cocktail of drugs. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

03/14/2014

Jackie Taylor (CBS)

Your Chicago: Black Ensemble Theater

The Uptown venue has an ambitious goal: to end racism. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

02/21/2014

Terri Hemmert (WXRT)

Your Chicago: WXRT’s Terri Hemmert, The Ultimate Beatles Fan

For 12 years, veteran WXRT disc jockey Terri Hemmert has been hosting her labor of love, “Breakfast with The Beatles.” CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

02/07/2014

Rachel Barton Pine, left; Maud Powell (CBS)

Your Chicago: Honoring Violinist Maud Powell

One Illinois woman will be receiving an honorary GRAMMY Sunday for her trailblazing work as a talented violinist. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

01/24/2014

Blues legend Buddy Guy. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Buddy Guy’s Legends

The 77-year-old hungered for greatness ever since he grew up on a Louisiana plantation, picking cotton and picking the guitar. By the time he got to Chicago in the late 1950s, he was just plain hungry.

01/10/2014

Holiday decorations (CBS)

‘Tis The Season For Holiday Allergies

(CBS) – Grass isn’t growing and flowers aren’t blooming. So, what’s causing your sneezing and sniffling this time of year? It could be your holiday decorations, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports. For Kevin McCracken, Christmas [...]

12/20/2013

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