Rob Johnson is the weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM. He joined CBS 2 Chicago in August 2006 from WLS-TV where he worked since 1998 as weekend anchor and reporter.
Rob has covered numerous major news events in recent years–from Chicago to New Orleans, to Honduras.
He anchored and reported from New Hampshire, Texas and Pennsylvania during the 2008 Presidential primaries.
In 2007, Rob traveled to Germany to cover Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to meet with wounded soldiers during the holiday season. Earlier that year, Rob reported extensively on the Bears Super Bowl run in Miami, including live reports from South Florida during Super Bowl week.
In 2005, he reported from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The year prior he covered John Kerry’s defeat in the 2004 Presidential election from Boston.
During his career, Rob has been at the scene of other breaking stories from Hurricane Andrew to the Centennial Park Bombing during the Atlanta Olympics, to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston. Rob has also covered Papal visits to Denver and St. Louis, and has reported from the countries of Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras.
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, and Neumann Family Services. 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. He is also 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.
Experts say most people have no idea what they are getting themselves into when it comes to keeping their information private. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
(CBS) – There are many of us out there who secretly — or not so secretly — would like to learn to play an instrument. But we may not have the time or know where [...]
Lifeway Foods calls it the champagne of milks: a yogurt-like drink full of calcium and protein called kefir. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson looks at Pullman’s origins as part of the Pullman Railcar empire — and its future.
CBS 2’s Rob Johnson talks with one family that fought for years so that their daughter could take care of her diabetes and stay in the classroom.
(CBS) – In this day and age of environmental efficiency, businesses everywhere are figuring out how they can better utilize eco-friendly technology to improve their companies. There’s one company here in Chicago that is really [...]
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson introduces us to United Parent Support for Down Syndrome.
(CBS) – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum boasts many must-see sights, from the outdoor nature walk to the “Look In” Lab to the Nature of Eating exhibit. But it’s the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven that [...]
Fifteen-year-old Olivia Taylor is a basketball player from Seneca High School in the far south suburbs. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes us to the North Shore, where Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has launched a business venture that’s equal parts art and tea.
Students are lobbying the Chicago Park District and aldermen for an improved Parkview Park just blocks away from their school in the largely Hispanic Avondale neighborhood. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
In tank after tank at CCA — some big, some small — the principles of aquaponics are being put to the test to support urban farming. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
(CBS) – It might be the most talented choir you’ve never heard of, and the Chicago Community Chorus is celebrating its 10th year in 2013. It is made up of professional singers and amateurs alike, [...]
It’s a breakthrough that could help save the lives of athletes who play contact sports. Research conducted partially in Chicago has found a way to diagnose a devastating brain disease for the first time, while the athlete is still alive.
The man leading the front office of the Blackhawks is looking forward to the shortened hockey season, after the long lockout. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
Daniel Smrokowski has been a fixture on the radio at Roosevelt University in Chicago for roughly four years. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
Squash in this case is not a vegetable. It’s a sport that helps inspire young people. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports on a Hyde Park-based program.
One of the newest microbreweries on the block is in Naperville, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
The village has come a long way since a man named Franklin Cossett led the emigration from Chicago in the 1870s.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes a look inside Chicago’s newest museum, which pays homage to the greats of television and radio.